I'm a born, bred and Hawaii educated local who has always been a bit skeptical and less than impressed by folks who ask for my trust and vote. In part, this is because I spent many years working in D.C. in contact with Members of Congress and committee staffers. It's a foreign culture quite frankly, and a place where aloha is simply a word. I can only recall being comfortable with Cec Heftel and Dan Akaka, both extremely committed and honorable gentlemen. In Tulsi, I think that I've finally found another real person who I can trust to do the pono thing in the congress. For a person with only slight name recognition,Tulsi has put together a team and campaign message that is spot-on as it is well organized. If she can translate this when she goes to Washington and preserve the island way of treating others while acquiring the needed survival skills to succeed on the Hill, then all of Hawaii's people will be well represented in the congress.
I hold her in high regard for putting on the uniform. I'm a Vietnam vet and have asked my brothers to step up and support one of "us."
Tulsi, I realize that sometimes folks get disturbed when candidates don't "pay their dues" by starting at the top; but, in your case, I'm sorry that you're not running for the senate. Maybe next time?