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Abercrombie casts doubt on Inouye's 'dying wish'

The Hanabusa letter's authorship is "problematic," the governor says

By Mark Z. Barabak

Los Angeles Times

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LAST UPDATED: 08:30 a.m. HST, Apr 14, 2014


This story has been corrected. See below.

For political and emotional drama, it's hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history, makes a deathbed request to name his successor in Washington.

But the governor, a fellow Demo­crat who has clashed with Ino­uye, spurns the dying senator's plea and appoints his own lieutenant governor to the seat.

The result, playing out more than a year later, is a closely fought and emotionally wrought primary battle between the novice senator, Brian Schatz, and Ino­uye's choice, Rep. Colleen Hana­busa: a Demo­crat-on-Demo­crat fight tinged with ethnic and generational tension and haunted, inevitably, by the ghost of Ino­uye and his last wish.

But now Gov. Neil Abercrombie has challenged that much-told narrative, implying that it had been manufactured to pressure him into choosing Hana­busa. He questioned whether Ino­uye even wrote the letter, marked "personal" and dispatched just before he died, seeking Hana­busa's appointment.

And he said that in more than one conversation, the late senator stated his preference for Hana­busa but made it clear that the decision ultimately was Abercrombie's.

"I received that letter, ostensibly coming from Sen. Ino­uye himself, a half an hour before he died in Washington, D.C. Literally," Abercrombie said in a lengthy interview Thursday. "Whether or not this could be construed as Sen. Ino­uye's dying wish — let me put it this way — is problematic."

Later he elaborated, saying the circumstances were "far from the drama with which it's been characterized."

"I think it was kind of created," Abercrombie said. "I don't dispute for a second it represented his thinking, but it's far from being a dying wish, sent from Washington and signed and sealed by Sen. Ino­uye in Washington."

A spokesman for Hana­busa said the letter reflected Ino­uye's unequivocal sentiments, written in his own words.

"Obviously he didn't sit at the computer and type it up, but he dictated the contents of that letter in the week leading up" to his death, said Peter Boylan, communications director for Hana­busa's campaign and deputy chief of staff to Ino­uye at the time of his death.

Although not privy to any private conversations between the governor and the senator, Boylan said, he never heard Ino­uye express anything but abundant praise and a strong desire to have Hana­busa succeed him. Conveying those feelings, Boylan said, was one of the few things Ino­uye made a priority in his final days.

Inouye and Abercrombie had a long and not always agreeable history. Ino­uye, who was active in politics from statehood and helped turn Hawaii into today's overwhelmingly Demo­cratic bastion, sometimes backed Abercrombie's opponents in earlier races.

He was not happy with Abercrombie's decision to give up his long-held House seat and run for governor in 2010.

But during the interview at his campaign headquarters, Abercrombie spoke of Ino­uye with admiration and said both men were professional enough as politicians to look past their differences.

"We worked together hand in glove for 20 years," he said, his voice rising. "To have others characterize our relationship on the basis of their perception of politics, it's not just inaccurate; it completely misses the actual nature of this relationship."

Abercrombie said the question of succession actually came up after another Hawaii senator, Daniel Akaka, announced plans to retire in 2012. At one point, Abercrombie said, there was talk of Akaka stepping down early so his successor could be named immediately and gain seniority over others elected in November.

It was then, Abercrombie said, that Ino­uye stated his preference for Hana­busa. However, the governor said, he also told him, "‘In the end, as governor, you have to make the decision you think is best for the people of Hawaii. It's up to you.' And of course he'd say that because he was the person he was, which is to say a consummate politician in the best sense of that word."

Inouye's death in December 2012 came suddenly, even before Akaka — who ended up finishing his term — had left the Senate. It was then that Abercrombie received the letter from Washington describing Ino­uye's dying wish that Hana­busa succeed him.

Although it was marked "personal," the governor noted acidly, it was also released to the media.

"I don't argue a bit that represented his sentiments," Abercrombie said, even as he questioned the letter's authorship. "I say with equal certainty that I also know he admonished me to do what I thought was best for the people of Hawaii."

Under state law Abercrombie was given a list of three possible successors, provided by the Hawaii Demo­cratic Party: Hana­busa, Schatz and Esther Kia­aina, deputy head of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Abercrombie chose Schatz, in part, he said, because of his youth. He is 41 and Hana­busa is 62, and that gives him the potential, Abercrombie said, to serve longer in the Senate and accrue more power.

The Democratic primary is Aug. 9, and the Senate contest, all sides agree, is too close to call.

CORRECTION

This story is from the Los Angeles Times. An earlier version of this story attributed it to the Associated Press.






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Wazdat wrote:
Mr Inouye was not a King. I find it very appalling that someone would think they could influence the selection of their successor by writing a letter to the person who would appoint that successor. This smells of old boy politics and should have never been made public.
on April 14,2014 | 02:20AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Vote out all Incumbents!!!
on April 14,2014 | 02:37AM
OldDiver wrote:
Abercrombie's version sounds more like Senator Inouye than the Hanabusa camps version. The letter sounds like a desperate attempt from Inouye's camp to remain in power.
on April 14,2014 | 06:15AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
It's not often that you and I agree, but we agree on this.
on April 14,2014 | 06:42AM
wiliki wrote:
I agree too. The letter was prepared by staff close to both office holders for Inouye to sign. It was Inouye's sentiments but not his style. Inouye wanted Abercrombie what the governor was the right thing to do.

That said, Abercrombie should not have emphasized Hanabusa's age. It's insulting. Better to emphasize, Schatz's great potential to do a better job than Hanabusa in the long run. In the short run, she's more qualified and Abercrombie should have said so.


on April 14,2014 | 07:35AM
Rite80 wrote:
Qualifications has nothing to do with it. Schatz is a progressive Democrat fighting for the working and middle class. He is a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare. Hanabusa is a corporate or blue dog democrat who first backed cutting Social Security and Medicare by her support of the Simpson Bowles report. Her support of large drug companies profits at the expense of taxpayers is troubling as well as her support of the government illegally spying on American citizens. This is clash of political philosophies.
on April 14,2014 | 08:44AM
lee1957 wrote:
The status quo for both social security and medicare will guarantee that cuts are coming, drastic cuts, regardless of one's political persuasion. The do nothing alternative is not an option.
on April 14,2014 | 11:09AM
Rite80 wrote:
Not true. Social Security and Medicare will only get cut if conservative democrats and republicans control government.
on April 14,2014 | 11:59AM
HD36 wrote:
The only thing left in the social security trust fund is confetti. The money was spent along time ago on aircraft carriers and pork barrel projects.
on April 14,2014 | 01:04PM
false wrote:
Could it possibly be that Schatz is falling behind and Abercrombie needed to prop up his choice??
on April 14,2014 | 10:52AM
Anonymous wrote:
My suspicion exactly. I think this approach will backfire myself.
on April 14,2014 | 11:55AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup, Abercrombie is trying to bolster Schatz with what little credibility he still has. All the Schatz shills are out in force trying to make Abercrombie sound like the Great White Father. But as Indians know, this "great white father" falls far short of being "great". Remember he is "not your friend". By the same token, neither is Schatz. Again, Hanabusa is a bulldog, who growls, but bites. Schatz by comparison is a Chihuahua, that yips, but doesn't ever bite. In other words, all waha and shibai, and no actual action. He's always been gifted with the ability to expel hot air, as is his guru Abercrombie. Both vent a lot of hot air -- yada, yada, yada. And both are not the friend of the people. C'mon point to one real thing Schatz has ever done other than talk about it and introduce measures that don't pass. Oh, and talk about elder abuse. Using his in-laws, showing how impoverished they are and how he cares for them in his ad. Oh, the loss of face. I thought Chinese had a lot of self-pride, or at least they used to. I wouldn't shame my in-laws by saying they are living off of me.
on April 14,2014 | 07:59PM
bumbai wrote:
I wouldn't take Abercrombie's "version" for what day it is.
on April 14,2014 | 08:03AM
false wrote:
After what the Gov. said about age, I think I'll vote for Ige. Gov. might be to old for re-election. LOL
on April 14,2014 | 09:22AM
Anonymous wrote:
Good one!
on April 14,2014 | 11:55AM
jayz43 wrote:
Isn't Abercrombie the same politican who was against the ewa-side developments to curry votes BEFORE the election then changed sides AFTER he won?! I hate two-faced politicians who out-and-out lack integrity.
on April 14,2014 | 02:49PM
udabest wrote:
Auwe Abercrombie! Not trustworthy! Lies, lies and politicians!
on April 14,2014 | 07:07PM
Larry01 wrote:
Agreed. It's the more plausible scenario.
on April 14,2014 | 08:28AM
false wrote:
To me,it seems like Schatz is falling behind and Abercrombie needs to prop up his chosen one.
on April 14,2014 | 10:44AM
Anonymous wrote:
I agree - this strategy is weak at best. It sounds to me like they are afraid Hanabusa is going to win. Schatz is a real lightweight.
on April 14,2014 | 12:02PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Abercrombie had better watch his own backside.
on April 14,2014 | 05:01PM
joseph007 wrote:
Yes! Vote out all incumbents, Democrat, Republican or anyone else. Unfortunately people here, and in other localities will constantly vote these same bozo's in, year after year.
on April 14,2014 | 07:13AM
HOSSANA wrote:
i agree...i agree...i agree.........these same politicos know they have the voting public by their arse and that is why they constantly run for office taking advantage of the stupidity and ignorance of local voters who keep voting the same idiots into office.....unfortunately, i will admit i am one of those idiots that keep voting for incumbents because there is no other people that are young that are willing to campaign for office.......or run for office but not this year as i will not vote for any incumbent even if it means leaving my ballot blank which is a sign of my protest of all these incumbents........
on April 14,2014 | 09:19AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Vote out all incumbents, and then only the lobbyists will have the institutional knowledge that's needed. Vote out all incumbents in order to vastly increase the power of paid lobbyists. That's what you're after?
on April 14,2014 | 05:26PM
postmanx wrote:
But they are all incumbents!
on April 14,2014 | 07:24AM
Grimbold wrote:
If any of you guys on this forum would be in charge , nothing would be different. The system is our culture and the people we are, are the product of it. Things are going reasonably well considering our human nature. Of course everybody has to be watched and put in his place periodically.
on April 14,2014 | 12:32PM
false wrote:
Ok. Let's see how many of us will actually do it.
on April 14,2014 | 09:20AM
kekelaward wrote:
That's why there should be a "None of the above" on the ballot. Then they could see why voter turnout is so low. There are only losers on the ballot.
on April 14,2014 | 11:59AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Hanabusa totally screwed up the leeward coast & Waianae area so why on Earth would anybody want her to move up rather than out? In this case its ANYBODY BUT HANABUSA
on April 14,2014 | 03:49AM
ehrhornp wrote:
Just curious how did Hanabusa screw up the Leeward coast? I just see her as an opportunist. Remember her investigating the Felix decree? What a waste of time. But she got a lot of air time.
on April 14,2014 | 06:29AM
Giligan wrote:
Can you imagine anyone, dying, and thinking of Hanaboosa?
on April 14,2014 | 06:34AM
pridon wrote:
Thinking of her is probably what killed him.
on April 14,2014 | 10:42AM
HOSSANA wrote:
i agree....remember going back in the early 2000's when she voted for a 75 million tax credit for jeff stone......at the same time she had an office in one of stone's office bldgs. and her fiancee purchased a condo in hawaii kai from jeff stone in a trade for trade deal.....people are too stupid to realize her shennigans and what was the icing on the cake is how she submitted the legislative pay raise on the last day of her last session thus avoiding public hearings etc.....political manipulation............this is why i totally support joseph007 above in his comments about voting out all incumbents and one wonders why Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout...geezus, it doesn't take a donkey to answer that problem.......or does it!!!!
on April 14,2014 | 09:24AM
Grimbold wrote:
The leeward coast was screwed up long ago. The cause is unknown. It could have been ignorance, bad culture , poverty , crime or the other way around. If it was not caused by THE OTHERS it was caused by the people themselves.
on April 14,2014 | 12:36PM
Mythman wrote:
If Sen Schatz were not white, but rather, Japanese American or Chinese American, and were not a male, but instead a female, there would be no problem with being appointed by the sitting governor of Hawaii to make the transition from elected Lt Gov of Hawaii to federal senator for Hawaii, along with a female Japanese American Mazie Hirono. We don't need two of the same to meet the rigorous demands of political correctness. Vote for Schatz not Cong Hanabusa. Her retirement pay, doubling up with state and federal benefits, ought to be quite handsome and then she can also represent unions when the inevitable conflicts about the rail arise.
on April 14,2014 | 05:11AM
inHilo wrote:
You sound confused. If someone were really out there pulling the strings of political correctness, Schatz would be the politically correct choice: One woman, one man. One white, one Asian. One young, one old. Ironically, your hatred for the cong, unions, and people with good retirement benefits has led you to a politically correct course..
on April 14,2014 | 06:37AM
Slow wrote:
Every Japanese American wahine is "the same?" Ray...zat you Ray? Ray Cyst? I'll vote for Brian Schatz (at least at this point) but not because of race or gender reasons. Don't care for Asian women over 50, eh Mythy?
on April 14,2014 | 08:34AM
Grimbold wrote:
Best chance would have one who is a little Hawaiian for being local, a little Philippino for being immigrant, a tiny bit White for ruling experience, some Japanese for law abidingness and Samoan for size.
on April 14,2014 | 12:42PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Best specimen of racist gibberish and ethnic misspelling that I've seen in a while. I assume we can put you down for Hanabubu.
on April 14,2014 | 01:20PM
Grimbold wrote:
ii always do that instead ll of ppino
on April 14,2014 | 05:57PM
idgrappler wrote:
No, Inouye was not a king, but he did more for the state of Hawaii than anyone. You may not share his political view or may be apathetic towards politics in general, but to deny the value of his body of work is simply ignorant. People like you have a short memory of what it was like pre-Inouye and it was not good for most of us. The timing of Abercrombie's suggestion that the letter was not authentic is not only disrespectful to the late senator, but it smacks of politics more than what you suggest. Talk with some of the kupuna around here and you might have a different perspective on things.
on April 14,2014 | 06:36AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I remember the "King of Pork"

I also don't believe that a 88 year old man, hours from death from pneumonia dictated anything. The whole hand delivered "private" letter thing was distasteful political theater.


on April 14,2014 | 06:48AM
false wrote:
And boy do I agree with that one. Shades of Caligula
on April 14,2014 | 08:05AM
bumbai wrote:
I sure hope Abercrombie's troll army keeps up the insults to Senator Inouye, that will really make the AJA;s want run away from Ige and come home to Neil's Progressive regime. Keep it up boys...good job!
on April 14,2014 | 08:08AM
false wrote:
Just wondering, but can he actually get re-elected?
on April 14,2014 | 09:26AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
bumbai wrote: I sure hope Abercrombie's troll army keeps up the insults to Senator Inouye, that will really make the AJA;s want run away from Ige and come home to Neil's Progressive regime. Keep it up boys...good job!

Hey!

I wasn't the one who called Senator Inouye "The King of Pork." Senator Inouye called HIMSELF "The King of Pork" and was apparently quite proud of it.

As for the distasteful political theater regarding the letter from a dead man, I don't think Senator Inouye knowingly participated in that sick charade.

He had years to write and send that letter, I don't think he waited until he was moments from death to write it.

Criticisms of that letter aren't criticisms of Senator Inouye, they're criticisms against those who saw his death as an opportunity to present a letter that he never got around to writing while conscious.


on April 14,2014 | 12:18PM
postmanx wrote:
Please do share with us, younger folk, all the great things Senator Inouye did for our island State. Not just grand dollar amounts but actually deeds.
on April 14,2014 | 07:28AM
bumbai wrote:
You must have just moved here.
on April 14,2014 | 08:08AM
kekelaward wrote:
That's a lame answer to a readable question.
on April 14,2014 | 12:07PM
MakaniKai wrote:
I would like to know too. And I am from here, born after Sen Inouye was in office. My grandma said Hawaii should have remained a territory and as time goes by I agree with her. He may have provided Federal dollars over the many years, but at what cost to Hawaii? All that glitters ain’t gold!
on April 14,2014 | 12:46PM
MakaniKai wrote:
I would like to know too. And I am from here, born after Sen Inouye was in office. My grandma said Hawaii should have remained a territory and as time goes by I agree with her. He may have provided Federal dollars over the many years, but at what cost to Hawaii? All that glitters ain’t gold!
on April 14,2014 | 12:48PM
false wrote:
Sorry, I disagree. Inouye played politics, was petty, slept around plenty. In other words, he was human, on top of being hugely powerful politically. Neil knew this side, as well as many of us in DC, Hawaiians especially. That said, so what? Neils choice of youth over experience is a solid one, and Dan would subscribe. And, my parting words for dan: would that you'd have retired Kapuna Akaka (Im Hawaiian, btw) and installed a younger horse upon which the future of our keiki could ride.
on April 14,2014 | 08:04AM
Kalalea wrote:
Kupuna?
on April 14,2014 | 08:42AM
jkjones wrote:
ur Hawaiian and misspell KUpuna? Not.
on April 14,2014 | 12:13PM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
The timing of Inouye's death, the distance of Washington DC and Honolulu, the delivery all sound pilau. I guess the media is not interested in the people involved.
on April 14,2014 | 07:14AM
frontman wrote:
When Danny boy dies, he didn't even know who he was let along Hanabutta.
on April 14,2014 | 07:40AM
soundofreason wrote:
And just because he was dying, doesn't make his decision right.
on April 14,2014 | 07:58AM
Wazdat wrote:
We need term limits, no one should be a lifelong politician.
on April 14,2014 | 02:22AM
ehrhornp wrote:
We don't need government telling us who we can and cannot vote for. Term limits gives power to the bureaucracy.
on April 14,2014 | 05:56AM
false wrote:
For now don't re-elect anyone.
on April 14,2014 | 09:27AM
ricekidd wrote:
exactly!!!
on April 14,2014 | 06:49AM
kekelaward wrote:
Yes!
on April 14,2014 | 12:09PM
honokai wrote:
Daddy picked me! Not you!
on April 14,2014 | 02:50AM
jamrus36 wrote:
A state lottery now!
on April 14,2014 | 03:43AM
ehrhornp wrote:
gambling is just a tax on the stupid.
on April 14,2014 | 05:57AM
serious wrote:
Then it should be a real money maker in a state that reelects all these losers!!
on April 14,2014 | 06:12AM
OldDiver wrote:
Every state mostly re-elect their incumbents. As for corruption you should visit the republican controlled south if you want to see what massive corruption is all about.
on April 14,2014 | 06:43AM
WhyBother wrote:
You mean like Chicago and Detroit?
on April 14,2014 | 06:57AM
Mythman wrote:
May Saint Kamehameha protect us from the Chicago and Detroit viruses.
on April 14,2014 | 07:12AM
slacker47 wrote:
Amen! the detroit ebola virus next to my suburb is untreatable.Half the street lights dont work,population has dropped to about 850,000, city going through bankruptcy,and former mayor in federal prison for looting the city coffers.
on April 14,2014 | 10:48AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:

More like Virginia and Florida. Virginia governor Robert McDowell stepped down after being indicted by the feds on 14 government corruption charges.

Florida's governor, Rick Scott, was CEO of a company that went under federal investigation for Medicare fraud in the 90s. The Board of Directors forced him out of the company after federal raids and the company ended up paying $600 million plus in what was then the largest fraud case settled.

By the way, neither were incumbents. However, both are Republicans.


on April 14,2014 | 07:58AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Ha! Let's see how many Detroit Mayors are in prison were Republicans? What about the Illinois governor who's in prison, a Republican? Let's talk about the South. Remember that New Orleans Mayor who heavily criticized President Bush and called him and Republicans "racists?" He's a Proud Democrat and where is he now? In prison for bribery and corruption. What about the two state politicians from California who are proud, climate control, gun control Democrats? Indicted and arrested. One for actually running illegal guns and even trying to facilitate the sale of heavy weapons to terrorist organizations. Get your facts right or how about just taking a fresh breath of air? Your dogma is cutting off the circulation from your brain.
on April 14,2014 | 07:59AM
Slow wrote:
Mildly interesting but entirely irrelevant.
on April 14,2014 | 08:37AM
kekelaward wrote:
Spoken like a true loser.
on April 14,2014 | 12:19PM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
South Los Angeles? Sorry, all democrats there.
on April 14,2014 | 09:28AM
boshio wrote:
funny, but true.
on April 14,2014 | 06:55AM
busterb wrote:
BIGGER LOL!
on April 14,2014 | 07:42AM
Mythman wrote:
gambling promises something whereas all other taxes end up partially distributed according to who you know etc. Gambling is the kind of tax where at least you have the chance, even if the odds are sky high, of maybe getting something back. And then there are games of skill, like poker and other table games. I would rather pay taxes through gambling than to give it to a Dan Inouye to pass around to those who paid his re-election expenses for fifty years.
on April 14,2014 | 07:11AM
busterb wrote:
LOL!
on April 14,2014 | 07:42AM
Henry441 wrote:
All of them suck...Hanabusa is useless, like Hirono! Its sad that people vote for them
on April 14,2014 | 03:44AM
pridon wrote:
Is Mazie still alive? Never here a peep except at election time.
on April 14,2014 | 10:49AM
slacker47 wrote:
Still think that schwantz was not a hawaiian legacy like hanabusa, to replace the dying senator inouye. Dont even know how the buffalo,ny native was even elected gov. No pride in more hawaiian background folks running things?? And i am a mainlander.
on April 14,2014 | 03:52AM
ehrhornp wrote:
Neal has been involved in politics for over 40 years. I think that makes him local. One does not keep getting elected without appealing to the local population. Sure preferred Neal to Duke. Sorry, I do not believe in huge intrusive government which republicans now believe in.
on April 14,2014 | 06:33AM
sluggah wrote:
He's been in Washington for most of that time. And the Dems are the ones championing the intrusive gov't. What happened to "the most transparent administration in history"? Barry learned a lot from Nixon. Schatz and Hirono are lightweights in a heavyweight fight.
on April 14,2014 | 06:44AM
ehrhornp wrote:
But at least democrats don't say government is the problem. Republicans do. See the difference? But when it comes to intrusive government, republicans win. Idiots have been against people making their own decisions on who to marry or what medical procedures to have. Republicans are just hypocrites. It is also pathetic that one has to go back over 50 years to find a republican president who actually balanced the federal budget.
on April 14,2014 | 07:42AM
Maipono wrote:
ehrhornp, I like your posts because there is some thought involved, unfortunately, you have a very one sided point of view. Your premise that the Republicans are for the rich, intrusive government, etc. is partially right. You fail to see the irony that the Democrats are into the corrupt practices of enriching themselves through payouts to their friends and supporters and restricting freedoms to their opponents and those less powerful, and at the same time, raising taxes on middle class. In Hawaii, the power brokers (and therefore the rich) are all Democrats. Obamadon'tcare and the Dodd/Frank Act as well as the restrictive permitting system in Hawaii are examples of government overreach that are endorsed by both parties, but especially Democrats. That's why we need two parties to prevent this type of government over-reach as well as the one party cronyism like what we see with the late Senator Inouye and the terrible Governor we have now.
on April 14,2014 | 08:38AM
kekelaward wrote:
You forgot the Jones Act.
on April 14,2014 | 12:26PM
Maipono wrote:
Like!
on April 14,2014 | 01:15PM
AhiPoke wrote:
It's so comforting to know that democrats balance the budget and never tell a lie.
on April 14,2014 | 08:41AM
bumbai wrote:
True sluggah, and If after 20 years in the U.S. Congress you aren't a world-class liar and swindler, you just aren't trying.
on April 14,2014 | 08:11AM
OldDiver wrote:
Republican prefer large intrusive corporation's running their lives.
on April 14,2014 | 06:44AM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
Nope, more like nobody running their lives. Corporations. So funny.
on April 14,2014 | 09:37AM
kekelaward wrote:
The owners and heads of Apple, Microsoft, Google and ebay are all democrats
on April 14,2014 | 12:28PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
I'm studying Special Ed and am trying to understand what you're attempting to say. Why is Republican singular and why is there an apostrophe in (sic) "corporation's"?
on April 14,2014 | 01:30PM
Grimbold wrote:
Special ed brings forth specialists . You should blog gender considerate like Republicans and Republicanettes.
on April 14,2014 | 05:59PM
bumbai wrote:
Neil is east-coast liberal who can only fake aloha a couple months before an election.
on April 14,2014 | 08:27AM
HanabataDays wrote:
He's been here since the '50s. He was at the UH when Barack's daddy was there. He's probably spent more years in HI than you've even been alive.
on April 14,2014 | 10:15AM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
You don't believe in "huge intrusive government" and back Abercrombie, I mean Neal (first name basis)? You are mixed up.
on April 14,2014 | 09:35AM
JAFO wrote:
575/576, das local!
on April 14,2014 | 09:41AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Now that's funny! JAFO ;-)
on April 14,2014 | 12:59PM
inHilo wrote:
The only thought clearly presented in this post is the last sentence.
on April 14,2014 | 06:42AM
kekelaward wrote:
Waihee's terms of fiscal disaster and unrestrained government growth has made it hard, if not impossible for a Hawaiian to become governor, for at least the foreseeable future.
on April 14,2014 | 12:24PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
sllacker47, your use of Yiddish slang substituted for the Senator's last name made it through the censors, but your attempt at juvenile bigotry didn't make it cleanly through. Nice try. For those of you that want to know what garbage game he/she is actually playing, just google "define schwantz" and you'll see.
on April 14,2014 | 04:27PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
For once, King Neill did the right thing. We don't need Hanabutta in the senate.
on April 14,2014 | 03:57AM
ehrhornp wrote:
I think he did. If he appointed sweet Colleen, we would probably have a republican rep for the first district. Inouye should have known better.
on April 14,2014 | 05:59AM
bumbai wrote:
We don't need Brian "Greenland is melting" Schatz either.
on April 14,2014 | 08:12AM
Slow wrote:
97% of scientists are wrong and the Bible is right. Thank you. Which candidate does the Bible tell you to vote for?
on April 14,2014 | 08:41AM
bumbai wrote:
97% of Slow's comments are trolling.
on April 14,2014 | 09:06AM
Skyler wrote:
b i n g o
on April 14,2014 | 11:23AM
Slow wrote:
But the other 3% are brilliant. How do you know which id which?
on April 14,2014 | 01:24PM
MakikiView wrote:
"... he dictated the contents of that letter in the week leading up" to his death, said Peter Boylan, communications director for Hana­busa's campaign and deputy chief of staff to Ino­uye at the time of his death. Whoa! What an admission! And so the story changes...
on April 14,2014 | 05:07AM
MichaelG wrote:
If memory serves me correctly, they said initially, he dictated it just prior to his passing. In all due respect the late great senator and all that he did for Hawaii, this issue is that those in power wanted to retain power. Looks more like someone decided it was time to "write that letter!"
on April 14,2014 | 05:37AM
WooWoo wrote:
"Although it was marked "personal," the governor noted acidly, it was also released to the media." <-- this is a key point that is indisputable. I believe the late Senator would have sent a personal letter to the governor stating his wishes, but he never would have authorized it's release to the public. If somehow Inouye had made a miraculous recovery after the release of the letter, I'm pretty sure he would have fired all of the power-grubbers with no ethics that released the letter.
on April 14,2014 | 06:11AM
inHilo wrote:
Agreed.
on April 14,2014 | 06:43AM
KKawa wrote:
Agreed
on April 14,2014 | 07:02PM
Mythman wrote:
The messenger, in this instance, is the message.
on April 14,2014 | 07:14AM
false wrote:
Good one
on April 14,2014 | 08:28AM
ehrhornp wrote:
I think you are right.
on April 14,2014 | 07:44AM
poidogVA62 wrote:
To be truthful, Abercrombie's thinking is valid. Longevity is the key to getting Government funding to your state
on April 14,2014 | 05:41AM
ehrhornp wrote:
I was surprised by Abercrombie's pick but I think it makes sense. Now Colleen should she win will place Hawaii back at zero in seniority for two seats. Thanks Colleen. Hawaii no longer needs seniority right?
on April 14,2014 | 06:03AM
serious wrote:
Longevity might get the pork, but the anchor that holds back the economy of Hawaii is the Jones Act. Senator Dan could have erased it with the stroke of a pen, but the pen is held by the shipping monopoly. Reelection of all Democrats depends on the union vote and continued increase in welfare participants PERIOD!!
on April 14,2014 | 06:20AM
boshio wrote:
It will take several generations to change the Jones Act, so for now, go get the pork.
on April 14,2014 | 06:54AM
false wrote:
lol yup
on April 14,2014 | 08:29AM
Giligan wrote:
We need to surcharge all union members paychecks, now that is a democratic idea!
on April 14,2014 | 06:57AM
Mythman wrote:
Jones is partially to blame but even if you somehow got free of it the prices would still be as high as they can go as long as someone is willing to pay them. There are and always have been two economies. The local and the visitor class economies, it seems to me and I am no economist.
on April 14,2014 | 07:16AM
Skyler wrote:
I've traveled in the mainland fairly often, and unless the particular locale you're in has an excess of a certain commodity, say watermelons, for example - the difference in many prices are negligible.. CIP: Ross in Hawaii - purse for friend's wife = $39.99 4.5% tax. Exact same purse in SC: $39.99 7% tax. IOW, it actually cost MORE elsewhere than here due to State & County taxes.

Clothing @ Walmart - sometimes might cost a buck more here, but COSTCO's prices are basically the same. Food? Well, if Hawaii produced more then our prices might be lower, too. Anytime you import perishables from other places, of course the prices have a tendency to be higher. Can't blame the JA for every single price difference, that's for sure.
on April 14,2014 | 11:40AM
sparkyzane wrote:
You are comparing companies with equal pricing (HI vs. Mainland) by policy. Also the 7.00% sales tax in SC is actually lower than the 4.5% GET due to the multiplying effect of the GET (VAT).
on April 14,2014 | 03:43PM
MichaelG wrote:
This is the battle for the heart and soul for the democratic party and its future. Do we keep those in power for the last 60 years in power for the next 25 years or do we elect new leadership, which will bring a different and new people with them? Check both of the candidates background and the baggage they bring with them. Senator Schatz represents a bright new future for our state. Time to turn the page in Hawaii.
on April 14,2014 | 05:53AM
Mythman wrote:
Sorry, Mr MichaelG - youth versus non youth is bogus as there is no objective proof that youth has better ideas due to them being more trendy. It is a popular fallacy. Their earning power is not yet demonstrated so it is assumed they will earn higher as they get older. Otherwise, this idea that youth is smarter is just another one of those PR BS items spread in media by those who benefit from it, including politicians who are full of BS.
on April 14,2014 | 07:19AM
false wrote:
True - imho, the younger, the more bs. To wit, Obama
on April 14,2014 | 08:32AM
false wrote:
Ugghhh, this is the one arguement that turns my stomach. After Obama, I vowed always to vote the older guy for pres. But the senate seat is way to important, and different, to vote Coleen. This senate seat is one you always vote - always in parenthesis - the young guy.
on April 14,2014 | 08:31AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Who cares what they say he wrote? By then his surrounding political suck ups were in control......a letter like that has little to do with what Inouye might think at that time. Perhaps a novel idea.....A politician stand on their own merits ?
on April 14,2014 | 05:56AM
lokela wrote:
Yes for once Neil did the right thing. I respect Inouye but you can't decide who gets elected without the public's vote. I sure would not vote for Hanabusa as well.
on April 14,2014 | 06:32AM
boshio wrote:
I agree. I will vote for Schatz, but, will not vote for Abercrombis anymore.
on April 14,2014 | 06:52AM
bumbai wrote:
Congratulations you are half way to regaining your sanity.
on April 14,2014 | 08:28AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Hmm a Governor with approval ratings in the high 30 percent range, and he wants to talk about the Inouye letter issue again. Perhaps the Governor was better off saying that the issue is settled and not talk about it any more.
on April 14,2014 | 06:37AM
Anonymous wrote:
he loved to wag his finger in other faces. and he has done it again this time he waged it in our Asian and local community . this has a good chance of helping Hanabusa . and hurting Schatz
on April 14,2014 | 07:21AM
false wrote:
No, not at all. This is very important information, and needs to be out there. I am glad he didn't pop off about it right when it happened, although Im sure he wanted to, as it showed respect. So this has nothing to do with his ratings. Indeed, it makes me like him a bit more...
on April 14,2014 | 08:34AM
rosa wrote:
Neil doesn't know what is best for Hawaii. Look at what he is doing to Kakaako.
on April 14,2014 | 06:40AM
Skyler wrote:
Thanks for that. It really hurts to see the destruction wrought by his administration, as well as the past 3 of the C&C.
on April 14,2014 | 11:45AM
McCully wrote:
Typical politics. Hanabusa trying to cash in on Inouye's wishes. Nobody knows what happened during his last moments, so people should leave it at that. Let the man lay in peace instead of all these stories by both camps.
on April 14,2014 | 06:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Dan Inouye was the best thing that happened for the State of Hawaii. I have nothing but admiration for what that man has done. However, I had doubts about this from the beginning. This does not diminish my respect for that man but it leaves doubts in my mind about the character of Colleen's campaign. I still want her as a lawyer, she was really good!
on April 14,2014 | 06:46AM
Mythman wrote:
The whole pecking order thing for the Dem pols was thrown for a loop when Bishop Trust was reformed, otherwise Cong Hana Busa would be scheming to get a posh seat on the board of trustees there.
on April 14,2014 | 07:22AM
false wrote:
Or a seat on the supreme court
on April 14,2014 | 08:35AM
Slow wrote:
It's fun making stuff up, yeah Mythy? Just like when we were kids.
on April 14,2014 | 08:44AM
kekelaward wrote:
She'd be in a long line. Joe Souki from Maui also comes to mind.
on April 14,2014 | 12:44PM
krusha wrote:
Hanabusa needs to get out of politics already. Her attitude and demeanor doesn't reflect anything that represents Hawaii and it seems like only negativity comes out of her mouth every time she opens it.
on April 14,2014 | 06:47AM
gmkhawaii wrote:
Neil, if you were asked about dan's request your BEST answer would have been "NO COMMENT" ...... IT'S over with, YOU PICKED BRIAN, that's it !!!! shut the F - up and get on with the mess you're a part of!
on April 14,2014 | 06:49AM
MakikiView wrote:
Uh, you missed the point. Neil did not release the letter. Others did. I would be surprised if he did not at least mention receiving a letter, though -- especially if it was the way he found out about the Senator's passing.
on April 14,2014 | 07:05AM
Skyler wrote:
I read (on another site) that he did mention it - but he didn't mention the request.
on April 14,2014 | 11:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't like hanabusa but I like abercrombie even less.
on April 14,2014 | 06:54AM
Mythman wrote:
A sculpture of Abercrombie is said to be on the drawing board to go along side the sculpture of Dan Inouye and it will have the late great Senator handing a piece of paper to Abercrombie, over Dan's shoulder, and the paper will be presumed to be the letter in dispute. The SFCA is putting out a RFP and Rep Hano Hano is helping with the proposal.
on April 14,2014 | 07:24AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
A very small sculpture.
on April 14,2014 | 07:35AM
loquaciousone wrote:
kneeling?
on April 14,2014 | 08:12AM
bumbai wrote:
just buy a garden gnome at Home Depot.
on April 14,2014 | 08:17AM
kainalu wrote:
It doesn't matter to me if Inouye endorsed Hanabusa or not. I find it disgusting that she continues to ride his coattails instead of running on her own merit.
on April 14,2014 | 06:55AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Excellent! Regardless of whether or not Schatz is the right person for the job, kudos for Abercrombie for doing the right thing and not succumbing to old boy politics. I'm not a liberal when it comes to politics, but in the absence of a strong conservative candidate for governor, I'd have no problems re-electing Abercrombie.
on April 14,2014 | 06:55AM
Sandybeach wrote:
This is not an oligarchy. And one does not a blanket entitlement to office. The call was Governor Abercrombie's. That is the law. We are a nation and state of laws...not of wishes or patronage. So, now we have an election.
on April 14,2014 | 06:56AM
Mythman wrote:
Nation of laws? Err, you need to check out who writes these laws. And while you are at it, read the US Constitution.
on April 14,2014 | 07:25AM
GWakai02 wrote:
Vote republican and make Hawaii a two party state.
on April 14,2014 | 07:08AM
kiragirl wrote:
Aha! Of all the posts, yours is Da Best!
on April 14,2014 | 07:30AM
ehrhornp wrote:
Republican party should just go away. They are worthless. Then the democratic party will be the conservative party and the green party could become the liberal party. Shame republicans have abandoned their traditional stands.
on April 14,2014 | 07:54AM
kekelaward wrote:
The old guard repubs sure are trying!
on April 14,2014 | 12:47PM
cojef wrote:
I have no say, as I have lived on the mainland since 1951, but a 2 party system may alleviate the malaise that is the hallmark of the governance in Hawaii for quite awhile.
on April 14,2014 | 07:52AM
ehrhornp wrote:
lol, vote republican and get the opposite of what is promised. No republicans are generally just out to lunch. No ideas, they favor central control, they are nothing but hypocrites. Only a fool would vote republican. Shame they have trashed their past leaders.
on April 14,2014 | 07:52AM
kekelaward wrote:
Wait! Are you saying dems are going to vote republican????
on April 14,2014 | 12:49PM
Frances wrote:
Peter Boylan, who was once Inouye's press secretary, is now very active in the Hanabusa campaign. One wonders whether his longtime relationships with members of the news media - since he was once a newspaper reporter here - influences the choice of headlines and story angles that cast unfavorable light on Abercrombie's initiatives. We notice a heavy anti-Abercrombie slant in print news articles and editorials.
on April 14,2014 | 07:27AM
Skyler wrote:
NA doesn't need help to be negative & unfavorable, tyvm.
on April 14,2014 | 11:55AM
christine30 wrote:
My grandma in a care home was brought all her jewelry from the safety deposit box by her her daughter-in-law, and we heard 'her dying wish' was that she, not her daughters, get all the most valuable and family heirloom pieces. I didn't have an opinion about Hanabusa until I heard the deathbed letter story. Here Dan, can you sign this? Pathetic.
on April 14,2014 | 07:36AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I don't if Neil's right or wrong but I do know that this whole shibai is just to support his boy Brian Schatz. Neil's hand has been stuck up the puppet Schatz since the "appointment".
on April 14,2014 | 07:37AM
Papakolea wrote:
Here's a novel idea: how's about if each voter researched the candidates positions and (regardless of endorsements of any type) voted for the candidate who's views most closely aligned with his or her views?
on April 14,2014 | 07:38AM
Slow wrote:
Thank you. And publicly fund elections. Voters could actually make up their minds based on facts.
on April 14,2014 | 08:47AM
Slow wrote:
Oops, was that one of my trolls? Whatever that means.
on April 14,2014 | 01:26PM
frontman wrote:
When Danny boy dies, he didn't even know who he was let along Hanabutta.
on April 14,2014 | 07:39AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Oh the Humanity! Just love it when the Dems just tear into each other. Anyone got some popcorn or garlic fries. Keep going and keep showing the arrogance of the Dem Party in Hawaii. The true entitlement mentality. "They" and they alone and entitled to rule.
on April 14,2014 | 07:54AM
Hilofrank wrote:
Wow, look at all these comments. The Abercrombie-Schatz campaign has been really busy polluting this comment site. Good work guys! Not like anyone noticed.
on April 14,2014 | 08:00AM
bumbai wrote:
Neil's troll army.
on April 14,2014 | 08:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Nice local boyz.
on April 14,2014 | 08:21AM
Bully wrote:
Politics are is politics, arm twisting gets things done and you cannot arm twist if you no longer exist.
on April 14,2014 | 08:21AM
VikkiP wrote:
It would be just like Hanabusa to pull something like this, and who does she think is responsible to select officials based on some bogus letter from the dead senator's death bed? Get over it Colleen, you are a loser and have made a lot of enemies.
on April 14,2014 | 08:24AM
DownSpout wrote:
Inouye's desire or not, Schatz's bankroll--courtesy of his New York City friends--makes this a horse race.
on April 14,2014 | 08:25AM
Punini wrote:
Our late Senator Dan Inouye was highly respected by Hawaii’s people for his service to our country during WWII and as a U.S. Senator from Hawaii. It was known that he wanted Colleen Hanabusa to fill out his term in office. Not because she was of Japanese descent but because she was the most qualified for the job. However, Abercrombie a not your friend governor, chose to disrespect his wishes by appointing his friend. We members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars also experienced his disrespect during the Vietnam War. He is an embarrassment to Hawaii’s majority.
on April 14,2014 | 08:29AM
SY808 wrote:
How is she the "most qualified for the job"? Both she and Schatz were both elected to office in 1998, her to the senate and him to the house. Not to mention Schatz has 2 years of executive experience as Lt Governor and 2 years on the job in the US senate.
on April 14,2014 | 08:58AM
Skyler wrote:
Surely you jest...
on April 14,2014 | 11:57AM
samidunn wrote:
Your boy behind in the polls yea governor.
on April 14,2014 | 08:29AM
bumbai wrote:
LOL the StarAdvertiser screens out garden g-n-no-m-e!
on April 14,2014 | 08:30AM
Skyler wrote:
Yep- and you did an admirable job of tattling on them. :-D
on April 14,2014 | 11:58AM
false wrote:
Interesting that this story wasn't written by a SA reporter
on April 14,2014 | 08:36AM
false wrote:
Too bad Abercrombie mentioned Hanabusa's age, 62, implying that she's too old to help Hawaii and that's why he chose "wee little" pandering Schatz? Hey, isn't Donna Kim, the Dem's front runner for the 1st Congressional seat of the same age 62? Hmm. According to Neil's rationale, we should now support a novice youngster like Stanley Chang. As Allie would have said, "YIKES".
on April 14,2014 | 08:38AM
SY808 wrote:
He's right though... She is to old to do any good for the state. Our Junior senator, Maize Hirono is already 64, now you want to elect Hanabusa who would take office at 63? What happens 10 or 15 years from now? both senators retire again at the same time, and we are right back where we are not! Inouye got in the senate at 39 he was able to build up almost 50 years in the senate which is why he was able to deliver for Hawaii! Can Hanabusa and Hirono give us 50 years? They will end up as useless as Akaka was, "Master of the minor and the bill that dies in committee". Don't worry about the House, DM-Kim may be old too, but we have Tulsi there to lead the way for years to come!
on April 14,2014 | 08:55AM
false wrote:
Problem is, if pandering Brian were to somehow be elected, he would be a pushover 4 years from now. And a probable contender would be Tulsi. I doubt if she would be interested in trying to unseat Hirono, but Schatz is a different story. If it comes about, his seniority would mean nothing. Vote for the person, not seniority, as it is very fleeting among our so so candidates.
on April 14,2014 | 09:28AM
SY808 wrote:
I don't think she goes after Schatz (in 2016 BTW). Dem party wouldn't let that happen!
on April 14,2014 | 09:44AM
sparkyzane wrote:
All the talk of senority reminds me that Case was right all along yet he got vilified.
on April 14,2014 | 03:53PM
Slow wrote:
How old is Abercrombie? He wishes he were only 62.
on April 14,2014 | 01:28PM
GoldenRule wrote:
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on April 14,2014 | 08:40AM
SY808 wrote:
I believe Abercrombie, Inouye was a smart man and knew better than to try and tell Abercrombie what to do. Abercrombie already knew Dan's wishes. It was Jennifer Sabas who penned the letter, stamped it "Personal", then released it to the press. She is a 2 faced beach who will shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. She was looking for a way to remain relevant while watching her career implode while Dan was lying there on his death bed!
on April 14,2014 | 09:06AM
SY808 wrote:
Sorry, was not initially replying to your comment...
on April 14,2014 | 09:20AM
Sat wrote:
Abercrombie said, "I don't dispute for a second it represented his thinking..., that Ino­uye stated his preference for Hana­busa." However, the governor said, he also told him, "‘In the end, as governor, you have to make the decision you think is best for the people of Hawaii. It's up to you.' Isn't that the way Inouye always expresses his preferences? Even by his own admission, Abercrombie clearly knew Inouye's thoughts and wishes. For him to quibble over the format is symptomatic of his "smallness." Abercrombie is just angry and did not like messengers Walter Dods and Jeff Watanabe delivering the letter personally to him. He clearly does not deserve the stature that a governorship confers upon a person.
on April 14,2014 | 08:51AM
boshio wrote:
This is not the only reason Abercrombie should no longer be governor of Hawaii. Till now he made too many people mad and furious and should not expect a second term.
on April 14,2014 | 09:05AM
SY808 wrote:
But in the end he did do what he thought was best for Hawaii, which does show he is deserving of the governorship.
on April 14,2014 | 09:13AM
false wrote:
Best for him or for Hawaii. There is a big difference my friend.
on April 14,2014 | 09:30AM
SY808 wrote:
If he wanted to do what was best for him he would have given the job to Hanabusa, remember at the time she was thinking about running against him for governor. Not to mention he wouldn't have pissed off Inouye camp. Notice how his so called "friends" (cayetano, aryioshi etc.. etc..) jumped ship....
on April 14,2014 | 09:50AM
EINSTEIN1 wrote:
The truth is that Inouye is by far a much classier person than Abercrombie can ever hope to be. Abercrombie's pick in naming Schatz to succeed Inouye was so picayune and spiteful. But then, that is his character and make up.
on April 14,2014 | 10:51AM
Slow wrote:
I believe Dan Inouye has died. And been laid to rest. Can we now move on? This "letter" is a silly artificial distraction. In reality, are there any substantial differences between Brian and Colleen's politics?
on April 14,2014 | 08:52AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Vote every incumbent out, including King Neil. That means locally & nationally. America needs to make a clean sweep, then set term limits for every single elected official, no matter how "lowly" the job is.
on April 14,2014 | 08:53AM
Iuki wrote:
Senator Inouye's staff wanted to keep their jobs, even if he died. By concocting the letter stating he wanted Hanabusa to succeed him and delivering it to the governor, they tried to guarantee they kept their jobs. Hanabusa, no doubt, would have kept most of them. It is all as self-serving as that. The governor had every right to appoint his own person to the job.
on April 14,2014 | 08:53AM
bumbai wrote:
Good job of regurgitating the talking points you were given by the commander of the troll army.
on April 14,2014 | 09:09AM
SY808 wrote:
Troll army eh? Nice job attacking someone based their stature or the way they look. What are you in 3rd grade? Time to get off the computer, I think the recess bell has just rang!
on April 14,2014 | 09:28AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Nothing more distasteful than when people start quoting alleged private encounters with those dead and gone to promote their own agendas. Shame on Hanabusa and Abercrombie, and their "people". Especially because Inouye told me something TOTALLY different from both versions!
on April 14,2014 | 09:14AM
SY808 wrote:
I believe Abercrombie! Inouye was a smart man and knew better than to try and tell Abercrombie what to do. Abercrombie already knew Dan's wishes. It was Jennifer Sabas who penned the letter, stamped it "Personal", then released it to the press. She is a 2 faced beach who will shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. She was looking for a way to remain relevant while watching her career implode while Dan was lying there on his death bed!
on April 14,2014 | 09:15AM
Kuokoa wrote:
...but DKI WAS the Godfather.
on April 14,2014 | 09:24AM
gth wrote:
I'm a wahine, Japanese/American, Independent but leans toward the Democratic Party. I'll vote for Schatz, And yes, because of his age and primarily I don't care for Hanabusa...period.
on April 14,2014 | 09:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You mean, I got a 36 percent raise while other state workers were getting laid off and taking pay cuts, hanabusa?
on April 14,2014 | 12:03PM
Waokanaka wrote:
Time for Neil the King of Liars to exit the political stage. The man with the Napoleon complex is a vindictive, insecure individual with no respect for local ways. all the years he's spent haven't taught him anything about compromise. He's had his one term, time for his Waterloo !!!! He claims he picked Mr. Schatz because he's younger and COULD be in office l.onger and garnering seniority ?? If so, why did he throw away Hawaii's seniority when he had it ?? Asking him questions is like asking Bernie Madoff IF he took the money !!!
on April 14,2014 | 09:51AM
SY808 wrote:
"King of Liars"? I'm curious what you think he is lying about. As for throwing away his seniority, I'm guessing he did that because he was tired of Washington, and wanted to come home. He probably also thought that he could do more for Hawaii as governor than he could in a republican controlled House.
on April 14,2014 | 10:07AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yep, I can certainly believe Waokanaka St. is your address. Keep coming back.
on April 14,2014 | 10:17AM
Skyler wrote:
Unrelated & unnecessary.
on April 14,2014 | 12:03PM
Slow wrote:
Lower than racism, Hanabata. A really low cheap shot. You like stepping on the weakest and most vulnerable, eh tuffy?
on April 14,2014 | 01:30PM
false wrote:
This article has ignited a lot of fiery controversy and we're hearing a lot from outspoken passionate readers. However, and this always true in Hawii elections, it will be the grassrooot supporters and the little guy "moms and pops" that will decide.
on April 14,2014 | 10:06AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Irrespective of the personalities involved, incumbents don't get to anoint their successors. Still gotta go through the party process. Inouye was asking too much. I'm not concerned that this has brought about a primary battle. That way, Dem voters get to decide their candidate instead of simply validating Inouye's personal preference.
on April 14,2014 | 10:11AM
csdhawaii wrote:
Abercrombie should've appointed whomever he thought was best for the Senator's seat, which is what he did. Inouye certainly had the right to express his wish on who is successor would be, but those who say that Abercrombie should have just automatically "granted" Inouye's wish is ridiculous.
on April 14,2014 | 10:19AM
puunani wrote:
Does anyone remember "Crumbs" as a pot smoking, checker cab driving, draft dodging activist at the U.H. in the 1960's?
on April 14,2014 | 10:20AM
samidunn wrote:
I remember when he took part in burning down the ROTC building.
on April 14,2014 | 01:36PM
8082062424 wrote:
that how my tutu describes him . guess there truth to it lol
on April 14,2014 | 02:13PM
LadyNinja wrote:
Maybe the letter could be analyzed by a professional. If he signed under duress that could also be determined. Either way, I don't support Hanabusa and never will. She is too much into herself, dirty politics, cover ups....common, let's keep this race honest, support Brian Schatz or someone else who will bring balance to our government. Maybe it is high time that we elected a Republican to office. Starts at the homefront, vote, vote, vote.
on April 14,2014 | 10:20AM
false wrote:
This article has brought out the outspoken, biased supporters of both sides. But the winner will be decided, as always in Hawaii, by the silent majority mom and pops and the grass roots supporters.
on April 14,2014 | 10:22AM
8082062424 wrote:
very true. and most of them will be from the Asian and local community
on April 14,2014 | 02:15PM
false wrote:
This article has brought out the comments of the outspoken usual posters. However, the outcome will ultimately be decided, as usual in Hawaii, by the silent majority moms and pops.
on April 14,2014 | 10:25AM
Slow wrote:
I though that the 27 of us who post would be allowed to run things. Come on.false, we are all just tooting our horns with no one listening. No big deal. Go Bows!
on April 14,2014 | 01:33PM
false wrote:
I didn't mean to sound repetitious but my posts keep going to the big hole "sent for approval". I try rephrasing to eliminate the debatable word. Several minutes later, my original "sent for approval" post reappears. Why? I don't know. Agree no one listens or cares but like a massage parlor, it relieves one's tensions. My mantra - a massage parlor on every corner.
on April 14,2014 | 03:01PM
EINSTEIN1 wrote:
The truth is that Inouye is by far a much classier person than Abercrombie can ever hope to be. Abercrombie's pick in naming Schatz to succeed Inouye was so picayune and spiteful. But then, that is his character and make up. He should have kept his silence in Los Angeles. Instead, his irascible personality rendered it impossible.
on April 14,2014 | 10:54AM
false wrote:
Schatz and Hanabusa will be a close race to watch. As far as Abercrombie do the people of Hawaii settle for him for re-election? Is it possible that he could be any worse? I don't know.
on April 14,2014 | 12:35PM
hikine wrote:
We need fresh blood in politics without the old boy network where the majority is corrupt. Hanabusa is a Democratic lackey and have to earn her seat in the Senate, it is the wish of the people and not one man if she wins. Unfortunately Obama sided with Schatz so she might be in a little disadvantage.
on April 14,2014 | 11:20AM
false wrote:
Hillary wouldn't agree with you and "chopsticks" Brian won't be her favorite in 2016.
on April 14,2014 | 11:28AM
CPete wrote:
Abercrombie should not have spoken to the LATImes. But, he would even argue with an empty chair in an empty auditorium rather than concede to anything. Holding his tongue is not his greatest asset. Those comments serve no useful purpose in the contest and debate for the U.S. Senate seat. But as one of the bloggers said, his irascible personality could not contain his thoughts. He knew what Inouye's wish was, and yet, he went against it ostensibly because he did not like two of Inouye's minions delivering the letter. Does he have the qualities of a statesman deserving to be Governor of Hawaii? I think not.
on April 14,2014 | 12:21PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
bumbai wrote: "I sure hope Abercrombie's troll army keeps up the insults to Senator Inouye, that will really make the AJA;s want run away from Ige and come home to Neil's Progressive regime. Keep it up boys...good job!"

Senator Senator Inouye called himself "The King of Pork." Do you think he was a troll too?

"Mr. Inouye — a self-described “king of pork” responsible for nearly a billion dollars in earmarks each year" (You'll note that quote is from the New York Times, hardly a bastion of conservatism.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/us/politics/31inouye.html?ref=danielkinouye&_r=0


on April 14,2014 | 12:23PM
Opelu wrote:
This is all about politics on all sides and this has helped me make my decision to support Ige. As for Schatz, he might of been Ed Case in his past life ?
on April 14,2014 | 12:30PM
bully106 wrote:
at 62, hanabusa would have a couple of decades in her belt when her tenure is over... about the same age as our two dans. damn, how much time should a person serve in the same job. this seniority thing should be changed and term limits applied to both houses. sick of these crooked politicians. during his few terms in the house, abercrombie sure picked up a lot about slinging bs. and to now put this silliness on the table is low. how low can this guy go? and i'm not especially a hanabusa supporter.
on April 14,2014 | 12:54PM
Pauoaguy wrote:
Somebody should ask Jennifer Sabas about the letter, especially since it didn't even have an original signature. It was stock letterhead with a copied signature. I thought she was Dan's Chief of Staff and daughter he never had...Hmmmmmm...
on April 14,2014 | 01:00PM
konag43 wrote:
abercrombie is a lot of bull he knows senator inouye picked hanabusa but he had his own agenda. by the way shatz was one of the guy's that allowed unqualified dentist to not have to take the national exam and let them slide in thus the stover dentist problem.
on April 14,2014 | 02:05PM
KKawa wrote:
Konag43 - Can you let us know what role you are alleging Shatz had on the "dentist issue"?
on April 14,2014 | 07:22PM
WizardOfMoa wrote:
The Clowns are all out and in full force today with their destructive and derisive remarks! Where are the intelligent and fair minded ones. Speaking of the Good in "the Good,the Bad and the Ugy". We have enough of the Bad and Ugly - let's hear from the Good that can give us unbias and interlectual views and to bring in some decency in the equation .It's so sad to read so much ugliness coming out, from normally decent men and women!
on April 14,2014 | 02:26PM
gmkhawaii wrote:
here's an IDEA..........for GOV.......KAWIKA CROWLEY !!!! KAWIKA CROWLEY !!!!! KAWIKA CROWLEY !!!!!! and DOG CHAPMAN......for LT. GOV. now THAT would be interesting!
on April 14,2014 | 02:41PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I'm looking forward toward the dirtiest year in Hawaii politics. We really have not had a dirty one since Andy Anderson supported the campaign against Cec Heftel.
on April 14,2014 | 03:21PM
kaiakea wrote:
Hey Barabak, you should stick to LA and not think you understand Hawaii. Inouye may have been beloved and respected by some,but not by all. Your reporting smacks of sensationalist hype. Keep it in your own backyard.
on April 14,2014 | 04:59PM
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