Schatz to seek Senate seat left vacant by Inouye

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz is applying for the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the death this week of Daniel Inouye.

Schatz, in a statement, says no one can take Inouye's place. But he says he hopes to make the case to state Democratic party members that he should be among the three candidates to succeed Inouye.

Schatz joins U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in announcing plans to apply for the job. Inouye, in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said his last wish was for Hanabusa to succeed him.

Abercrombie will choose Inouye's replacement from a list of 3 candidates sent to him by the state Democratic party. The party's central committee plans to meet Dec. 28. The deadline for applications is Monday.

Schatz Statement:

"No one can take the place of Sen. Inouye and we all continue to mourn his loss. On Dec. 28, the Democratic Party of Hawaii will meet and decide on the three names for the governor to consider for appointment to the U.S. Senate. I will apply to be considered for this vacancy. I hope to make the case to the state Central Committee members that I should be one of the three names that the governor will ultimately consider."

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