Mazie Hirono used to be known as the "good girl" of Hawaii politics.
She was seen as polite, never in-your-face, not a boat-rocker. But now, that view has changed.
As one Hawaii columnist put it, she is a "badass."
"I always was," Hirono said in an interview with NPR. "I just wasn't very noisy about it. I've been a fighter all my life. I just don't look like that."