Today, US Senator Daniel Akaka announced he will not seek re-election in 2012. Hawaii’s 2nd most senior Congressional delegate made the announcement from his Washington D.C. office. Sen. Akaka was re-elected in 2006 and has been rumored to be considering retirement for the last few months.
The White House issued a statement saying in part:
“He worked tirelessly to reform Wall Street and to make sure that consumers and small business owners are treated fairly in our system.”
With the announcement of Sen. Akaka’s retirement, debate has already begun as to who would be entering the race from the Democrats. Familiar names such as Mufi Hannemann, Ed Case, and Brian Schatz have been thrown about. The next few months will be interesting to see if any contenders appear. Another possible announcement could be coming soon from former governor, Linda Lingle as to her intentions for 2012. It is believed she will be the likely candidate from the GOP.
Stay tuned to Desperate America Report for the latest on these developments.