Is That Mark Takai? Or Mark Takano? Or Ted Lieu?
Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill blog has a short Q&A with U.S. Rep. Mark Takai. Excerpt:
Q. Do you have a favorite campaign story?
A: I have interesting stories here [in D.C.]. So there’s 14 Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in Congress and — without fail — every day [Rep.] Ted Lieu [D-Calif.] gets called Mark Takai, and Mark Takai gets called either Mark Takano or Ted Lieu, but it’s been a lot of fun because we all get together and do a recap of the day and who made that mistake.
And, you know, it’s OK! We’re just brand new, and Ted’s a great guy too. I told Ted that as long as he continues to be someone I like, I have no problem having people think that he’s Mark Takai. I mean, I’ve got a lot of pretty awesome stories.
In fact, I gave a speech at the Democratic issues conference and before I started I said, “I just want everyone to know that is Ted Lieu over there from California, and I’m Mark Takai from Hawaii. Aloha.” The next day Ted tells me, “I got to tell you this; someone came up to me and said, ‘Great speech.’”
Of note: The U.S. House of Representatives is comprised heavily of white men.