Following the news that Sen. Daniel Akaka will not seek re-election comes word that Eric Shinseki, the retired U.S. Army General who now serves as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, plans to run.
The news was broken in an exclusive by Veterans Today:
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki has informed his private staff he plans to resign his post and run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii. Shinseki is considered a “shoo in” with no strong opposition in place.
We heard his talk, we heard his promises and we waited. While Shinseki met with the lobbyists and phonies, America’s vets suffered and died. Those that spoke up were investigated and jailed.
Shinseki took over Veterans Affairs at the lowest point in its history, underfunded, totally corrupt, medical system in collapse, two wars going and over a million vets queued for disability processing.
Two years later and 80% of the Bush disaster is still in place and Shinseki considers his job done. We disagree, he has yet to begin.
Well, it may be that he doesn’t consider his job done, he just wants a different one — one with more perks, more power, more acclaim and a lot more flower lei.
Meanwhile, I'm thinking it will speak volumes about Hawaii's role in the overall scheme of things if we end up with two hard-core military guys as our senators. It really locks in the occupation, if you know what I mean.