Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama honored the late Sen. Daniel Inouye describing him as a “proud Democrat and a proud American.”
In a CBS news video, Obama added that Inouye was one of his ” earliest political inspiration.”
With this, search is on for Inouye’s replacement and the list according to reports included State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim,U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and state Sen. Will Espero.
Monday is the deadline to submit applications to the Democratic Party’s central committee. Party officials say they plan to deliver the list of three finalists to Gov. Neil Abercrombie by year end.
Hanabusa was said to be Inouye’s choice.
Vice President Joe Biden, Former President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki were among the others to pay tribute to Inouye.
Inouye died on Monday at the age of 88 and served as the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he died of respiratory problems.