Seven current members of Congress endorse Takai
HONOLULU (July 30, 2014) – State Rep. Mark Takai continues to gain momentum in the race for Hawaii’s first congressional seat adding the endorsement of actor George Takei, LBGT rights activist and entertainment icon.
“On August 9, Hawaii voters have a chance to stand up for equality for everyone, by voting for a strong representative of progressive values. They have a clear choice for Congress in Mark Takai,” Takei said.
“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of George Takei,” Takai said. “I am very proud to have George Takei’s endorsement, the endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a wide base of support across Hawaii and the country,” Takai added.
“As a State Representative, Mark Takai has fought not only for equality, but also for seniors, veterans, and working families,” Takei said. “His military service and unwavering support for equality for all Americans make him an outstanding candidate. We need more progressive champions like Mark Takai in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Takei added.
“The endorsement of George Takei is proof that we are the campaign with the forward momentum that best represents core Democratic values,” Takai added.
In addition to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Takai also has received the endorsements from seven current members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Mike Honda (CA-17), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Jared Polis (CO-02), and Mark Takano (CA-41).
“Mark Takai shares my commitment to solving our nation’s biggest challenges and the willingness to work with anyone who loves this country to get her moving again, Duckworth said. “That’s an attitude we could use a lot more of in Congress right now. I know Mark will be an excellent representative and I couldn’t be prouder to support him,” Duckworth added.
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (NY-03) also recently contributed to Takai’s congressional campaign. Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) donated $1,000 from his New York Jobs PAC.
“I am grateful to Chairman Israel for his support,” Takai said. “Hawaii’s needs will not be met by bullying, intimidation, scare tactics, or partisan games. Knowing that we (Hawaii) will have friends in Congress from day one is very important.”
Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or Department of the Army.