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U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye Visits Napa, Dines at Sushi Mambo

Those sightings of government security agents guarding a couple eating lunch at a downtown Napa sushi restaurant have been confirmed by restaurant owner Renee Cazares: The U.S. Senate's highest-ranking veteran was there with his wife.

Where does the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in United States history take his wife for sushi in the Napa Valley?

Sushi Mambo in Napa was the lunchtime choice of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) Saturday, when passers-by and neighboring merchants were intrigued to see government security agents guarding the longtime downtown establishment co-owned by chef Jose G. Cazares and manager Renee Mortell Cazares.

Renee Cazares confirmed Saturday evening that Sushi Mambo's mystery guests were Inouye and his wife.

The most senior member of the Senate and its president pro tempore, Inouye is also one of its most prominent veterans: He earned the Medal of Honor for combat service in World War II.

No public announcement has been made about the Inouyes' presence in the Napa Valley and it is presently unknown whether the couple is here for a personal visit or to take part in Veterans Day observances.

Editor's note: The original posted version of this article reported that Sen. Inouye was guarded by Secret Service agents, although the reporter did not verify the guards' branch of service (see comments). I regret and apologize for this error. L.H.

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Penny November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I have always admired Senator Inouye. I was surprised to read he has secret service protection. I looked for information about this and it says only a few senators do. What an honor for Sushi Mambo.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I believe he has Secret Service because he is Senate President Pro Tempore, Penny.
Mark Mathews November 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
So, how much DID this junket of dubious purpose, cost we taxpayers?
Patty Peterson November 11, 2012 at 07:41 PM
He knew where to get the best Sushi in town. Quite an honor for Sushi Mambo!
Penny November 11, 2012 at 08:00 PM
That explains it. Thank you.
Mark Mathews November 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Why was he here? Who paid for this visit? What good came of it for the state he resides in? (perhaps THIS comment will make it past the censors, right Louisa?)
Kristy Page November 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM
You know I actually appreciate the Patch, they're not bias they just give the news, they don't charge you to read the news unlike Napa Register and unlike the Register they don't just have strict censors, everyone is allowed to have their own opinions in the comments as long as it's not personally degrading to anyone. Whenever anyone has questions about a story Louisa usually will comment back with an answer to those questions and I think Louisa does a very good job. I'm thankful for the Patch.
Dan November 12, 2012 at 03:18 AM
As the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, he receives protection from the United States Capitol Police, not the Secret Service
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Thank you for clarifying - This doesn't come up much on my beat!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I'm thankful for you, Kristy. You get it! I appreciate both your understanding and your comment.
Renee Cazares November 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thank you Senator Inouye for your visit to Napa, and for bringing your beautiful wife Irene to Sushi Mambo for lunch!
Kathy Felch November 12, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I appreciate the concern of commenters about the possible expenditure of public money for Senator Inouye's visit. While he has publicly-provided security because of his position, he still gets to have a life. I am more concerned about our county board of supervisors' regular junkets to Washington DC. Not to mention Keith Caldwell's trip to Italy approved by the Board of Supervisors to go to a wine festival. PULEEZ.

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