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Rep. Blake Oshiro named governor's deputy chief of staff

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:03 p.m. HST, Nov 07, 2011

State Rep. Blake Oshiro will leave the state Legislature on Dec. 7 to become deputy chief of staff for Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Oshiro (D-Aiea, Halawa Valley, Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights) served as House majority leader, and is credited with spearheading legislation that led to the passage of civil unions in Hawaii. He was first elected to the House in 2000.

"I sincerely want to thank the Aiea community for giving me the privilege of representing them these last 11 years," Oshiro said. "I accepted the governor's offer to become the deputy chief of staff because I believe in Gov. Abercrombie. I believe in his vision. I believe in his passion and commitment towards moving Hawaii forward." 

Oshiro replaces former deputy chief of staff Andrew Aoki, who last month resigned along with Chief of Staff Amy Asselbaye. Oshiro will be the deputy to Chief of Staff Bruce Coppa.

""Blake Oshiro is a recognized leader in our community and a tireless public servant. His experience will be of great value to all of us," Abercrombie said. "Blake's legislative background and commitment to do what's right will help us move our agenda forward.  I am very pleased and excited to welcome him to the team." 

Under state law, the governor must appoint a replacement for Oshiro in the Legislature within 60 calendar days.   

"I congratulate Blake for his appointment as Governor Abercrombie's Deputy Chief of Staff," said House Speaker Calvin Say in a news release following the announcement. "Although Blake's departure is a big loss to the House, his appointment to a major executive branch policy position represents a much bigger gain for the State of Hawaii.

"Blake's dedication, intelligence, common sense, and compassion will be great attributes to achieve the betterment of all Hawaii. I will miss Blake as a Majority Leader and colleague. I will miss his daily advice and observations. Most importantly, I will miss his principles, unselfishness, and political courage which, even after 34 years in politics, were an inspiration to me."

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kuewa wrote:
Too bad he can't be Chief of State ! Not yet, anyway.
on November 7,2011 | 01:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
Bad choice. I'm sure Blake is a sharp guy. But the chief of staff and deputy have to know how to execute. Blake's background as a legislator does not give him this experience. He just knows how to debate issues not implement solutions.
on November 7,2011 | 02:19PM
aionokea43 wrote:
He just ended his political career with the current administration which is only for one term.
on November 7,2011 | 02:39PM
Changalang wrote:
Blake is an extremely talented, focused, and success oriented individual. The 5th floor is very fortunate to add Rep. Oshiro to their team, in my humble opinion. His legislative reputation and network abilities will make the Executive's goals and agenda much easier to implement; a New Day indeed. Hawaii is now the opposite of D.C. WE are now synergistic. :)
on November 7,2011 | 02:48PM
OPIDUK wrote:
The dearth of comments is probably reflective of the increasing lack of interest in Abercrombies choices and decisions. It is too bad for Blake Oshiro since based on other comments, he has apparently done a good job as a legislator. Sometimes a move is not always a good move.
on November 7,2011 | 03:08PM
Poidogs wrote:
I like Oshiro, he has a very nice, likeable personality unlike Abercrombie whom I detest! I am positive this is the first administrative decision that may and I stress may allow Abercrombie to finish his one term as Governor of this state. Oshiro will bring fresh and positve ideas without the shove it down your throat, you'd better like what I am dishing out to you today Abercrombie style. Maybe, just maybe, he may find himself in better shoes. Good luck Blake Oshiro. (BTW: I voted for you when I lived in Aiea!!)
on November 7,2011 | 03:10PM
hawnpunch wrote:
Abercrombie always was and always will be a loose cannon, his one term will be up. No offense to Blake BUT this is like UH hiring HS coaches for Div1 sports.
on November 7,2011 | 03:56PM
omd111 wrote:
You mean like how they hired McMackin as Head Coach of the football team? High School to coach Div1.
on November 7,2011 | 05:19PM
A huge loss for the Legislature, but finally a good move by the Administration. An akamai guy, Mr. Oshiro brings credibility, skill and diplomacy.
on November 7,2011 | 05:37PM
Changalang wrote:
It is funny that some think Abercrombie is on his last legs when he is OUR Governor until at least JAN 2015. If the Governor succeeds, we all are better off. If he doesn't succeed, then we get the next "safe" Democrat Governor who will never push the envelope. It is to all of our benefit to help OUR Legislators and Executive branch succeed together. Blind partisanship is for dim witted weenies, in general. Just look at Washington. WE are an island community, and we all thrive or suffer together. We all should know better.
on November 7,2011 | 06:26PM
copperwire9 wrote:
You go, Changalang! I completely agree, and I thank you for trying to bring this conversation around to solid footing.
on November 7,2011 | 10:48PM
Musubi wrote:
Oh great! The self serving liberal who forced gay marriages down our throats..
on November 7,2011 | 06:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
Aberscumbee needed a token "mahu" on his "team". :(
on November 7,2011 | 07:46PM
kuewa wrote:
what??? you got forced into a gay marriage? I think you misinterpreted the law!
on November 8,2011 | 01:06AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
As they say, when the cat's away, the mice shall play.
on November 7,2011 | 07:18PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Rep. Oshiro was the one who brought up legislation, that benefited him personally, at the last minute when everyone else thought it was dead for the session. He has no morals and is a self serving louse.
on November 7,2011 | 07:47PM
HD36 wrote:
Another career politician who voted himself a 36% raise at the expense of taxpayers.
on November 7,2011 | 08:09PM
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