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Inouye wanted Hanabusa to succeed him in U.S. Senate

By Derrick DePledge

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LAST UPDATED: 09:24 p.m. HST, Dec 17, 2012

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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye urged Gov. Neil Abercrombie in a personal letter to appoint U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor, a spokesman for the senator said.

Inouye's spokesman, Peter Boylan said the letter is Abercrombie's to release. But he confirmed it was Inouye's "last wish" for Hanabusa to succeed him.

Abercrombie acknowledged receiving the letter but did not publicly talk about the appointment recommendation. The governor said the letter was hand-delivered today.

"I cannot speak and will not speak for the family, but I believe it's important for everyone to know that the senator's thoughts and words were lucid and ... available to us right up until the very last minute," Abercrombie said.

"It was not his faculties that were impaired at all. It's just that physically, he gave everything. "

Hanabusa was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010. She was re-elected in November. 

Abercrombie will name Inouye's successor from a list of up to three recommendations from the Democratic Party of Hawaii. The appointed senator will serve until 2014, when an election will be held to fill out the rest of Inouye's six-year term, which runs through 2016.

An Abercrombie spokeswoman declined to release the letter, saying Inouye had marked it personal and that's how Abercrombie views it.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the state Democratic party, Dante Carpenter, met with Abercrombie today. Carpenter said the party hopes to have a new senator in Washington in time for the first day of the new congressional session so Hawaii won't lose too much seniority. The 113th Congress is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.

The party's state central committee, which has about 80 members, will likely meet by conference call to select the three candidates. But Carpenter said the party isn't looking to do that this week, as it wants to respect Inouye's family and the contributions Inouye made.

Carpenter said he discussed the mechanics of the process with Abercrombie.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.







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aomohoa wrote:
Let's hope she could come close to his integrity.
on December 17,2012 | 02:36PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Not a chance - already proven otherwise.
on December 17,2012 | 02:51PM
1local wrote:
Hanabusa is a loosa. Abercrombie will appoint himself...
on December 17,2012 | 05:00PM
niimi wrote:
Does Neil get to appoint a Senator, then a Congressional Rep?
on December 17,2012 | 07:02PM
false wrote:
Nope. If Hanabusa is appointed, her seat becomes vacant. Vacant House seats must be filled by a special election held within a short period of the vacancy being declared.
on December 17,2012 | 11:21PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Who cares what Dan wanted? He overstayed the dance by a half a century. Hawaii's voters were just robbed of the chance to vote for someone "they" wanted. Inouye dipped his beak for a half century, and now it's up to Neil.
on December 18,2012 | 01:47AM
KPaddler wrote:
NNNOOOOOO!!!!!
on December 17,2012 | 02:56PM
primo1 wrote:
Ditto...
on December 17,2012 | 03:05PM
false wrote:
Lets hope Inouye put millions or billions of Dollars into accounts for his son Ken and granddaughter Maggie.
on December 17,2012 | 03:03PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Are you the type to look around for money when your relative die's, WHAT A FLATTIRE! The man just pasted away and you are looking for money heartless a--!
on December 17,2012 | 03:11PM
atilter wrote:
i'm sorry - you have exposed your TRUE NATURE!!!! from here on your tractive credibility has been severely COMPROMISED marginalizing anything you might offer in the way of any comment. you could re-register and change your "name"!?
on December 17,2012 | 04:47PM
GeoDiva wrote:
Now Abercrombie has no choice but to appoint Hanasusa. Dare he goes against the Emperor's wishes. Ugh! This State will NEVER change!
on December 17,2012 | 03:03PM
false wrote:
Show some respect for the Senator. What you call his is not necessary at this time.
on December 17,2012 | 03:09PM
Kawipoo wrote:
LOL
on December 17,2012 | 04:30PM
Ronin006 wrote:
You have it wrong. Abercrombie must select Inouye’s replacement from a list of at least three candidates recommended by the Democrat Party. Abercrombie can appoint Hanabusa if and only if she is on the list. Abercrombie could be on the list and end up appointing himself.
on December 17,2012 | 04:21PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
He's the governor and can appoint anybody, even you Ronin, list or no list.
on December 17,2012 | 06:36PM
false wrote:
No. He must appoint from a list he gets from the Democratic Party. Ronin is correct.
on December 17,2012 | 11:32PM
false wrote:
Senator Inouye asked Hawaii voters to vote for Clinton for President instead of Obama. Most of us, politely disagreed and voted for Obama. Senator Inouye asked us to vote for Mufi Hannemann instead of Neil Abercrombie for Governor. Politely, respectfully, most of us disagreed and voted for Neil Abercrombie.

There is nothing disrespectful about disagreeing with Senator Inouye and I expect that is what the Democrats and Governor Abercrombie will do in this case as well.


on December 17,2012 | 11:25PM
HiloBoy67 wrote:
Hanabusa's fatal flaws - seeking public recognition, raw ambition, and no-shame
on December 17,2012 | 03:13PM
Paco3185 wrote:
Peter Boylan - why did you do this? It is none of your business, it is none of our business, and the governor is perfectly capable of dealing with this situation. And after an appropriate period of mourning he will. All I can hope is that he will ignore who ever was jerking Senator Inouye around during his final days. I'd say more but that will wait until we have paid trubute to a man I rarely agreed with but will admire for the rest of my life.
on December 17,2012 | 03:28PM
false wrote:
I agree it was wrong for Boylan to release the contents of the letter, though I doubt he made the decision on his own. I expect a lot of Inouye staffers are hoping to be picked up by Hanabusa if she gets appointed. Now that Senator Inouye has died, who will pay their salaries if not Hanabusa? Plenty of incentive to try to establish Hanabusa as the 'natural successor." Even if it is kinda no class how they accomplished it.
on December 17,2012 | 11:37PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Abby will appoint Hanabusa. If he didn't want to, he would not have publicly disclosed his receipt of this letter. If he were to not name Hanabusa, he would look bad in the public's eye, for not fulfilling the wishes of Senator Inouye. Now his appointment of Hanabusa will make him look like he's on Inouye's side. Whether Abby SHOULD IN FACT appoint Hanabusa, i.e. whether Hanabusa is the best choice for Hawaii, is a different question.
on December 17,2012 | 03:29PM
atilter wrote:
and from my "cheap seat" there is one other much better suited- but....(see my other post)
on December 17,2012 | 04:50PM
sluggah wrote:
Our senate delegation can be referred to as "Weak and Weaker".
on December 17,2012 | 03:29PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Got that right. In a few years we'll be lucky to even have the Coast Guard still here.
on December 17,2012 | 03:42PM
niimi wrote:
The Honorable Senator Dan Inouye reaching from the grave one last time. The Gov. should honor the Senator's last wish.
on December 17,2012 | 03:35PM
atilter wrote:
sorry - can't agree!!
on December 17,2012 | 04:51PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Hanabusa AND Hirono?? We are in trouble.
on December 17,2012 | 03:36PM
64hoo wrote:
right 2 ilks out of the same mold.
on December 17,2012 | 04:26PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Dat's for sure!
on December 17,2012 | 05:09PM
Venus1 wrote:
Great team...brings number of women senators to 21...if it is Hanabusa...
on December 17,2012 | 06:04PM
Changalang wrote:
Ex-State Senate President Hanabusa and Big John are very well equipped and informed to serve Hawaii's interests in the manner conducive to Dan's style. It was no secret that he went to Colleen first for Akaka's seat, so as to mold her into the U.S. Senate. She is up to the standard of the office from Hawaii's bench. However, she and Mazie start from scratch without Dan and his omnipotent staffers to keep OUR interests in D.C. beyond reproach from competing power players in the Senate. Neil now has the Quon. His appointment choice will determine if establishment or dissident will represent Hawaii in the next generation. One strategy worth considering is to get Hawaii to cut back in ahead of the line of Senate freshman. Neil can appoint a skilled individual that has very close ties to Obama/Reid from years of proven loyalty. Will Hawaii be stronger starting from scratch, or with a little help from those who matter most now? I trust Gov. Abs assessment fully. Either path has its benefits for Hawaii. Lemonade from lemons. R.I.P. Emperor Inouye; we tremble today in fear without you. HI walks alone in D.C. now with one fifth of our local economy going to the way side. No single person did more for the people of Hawaii.
on December 17,2012 | 03:49PM
Changalang wrote:
Ex-State Senate President Hanabusa and Big John are very well equipped and informed to serve Hawaii's interests in the manner conducive to Dan's style. It was no secret that he went to Colleen first for Akaka's seat, so as to mold her into the U.S. Senate. She is up to the standard of the office from Hawaii's bench. However, she and Mazie start from scratch without Dan and his omnipotent staffers to keep OUR interests in D.C. beyond reproach from competing power players in the Senate. Neil now has the Quon. His appointment choice will determine if establishment or dissident will represent Hawaii in the next generation. One strategy worth considering is to get Hawaii to cut back in ahead of the line of Senate freshman. Neil can appoint a skilled individual that has very close ties to Obama/Reid from years of proven loyalty. Will Hawaii be stronger starting from scratch, or with a little help from those who matter most now? I trust Gov. Abs assessment fully. Either path has its benefits for Hawaii. Lemonade from lemons. R.I.P. Emperor Inouye; we tremble today in fear without you. HI walks alone in D.C. now with one fifth of our local economy going to the way side. No single person did more for the people of Hawaii.
on December 17,2012 | 03:53PM
roofustherhino wrote:
The Senator hasn't even been dead for 5 hours, and already Peter Boylan and Colleen Hanabusa are playing politics. Disgusting. They couldn't even wait 24 hours to respect the Senator before they start angling for the seat. There was no reason to release the content of this personal letter to the press 3 hours after you announce that his passing unless you want to restrict the choices of the Governor. Absolutely disgusting. Shame on Peter Boylan, shame on Collen Hanabusa, shame on all of the Senator's staff for doing this. At least wait one day before playing politics.
on December 17,2012 | 04:08PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As long as we have the smart, hard working, akamai and very dedicated Ms. Hirono on our side, our fate is assured!!!
on December 17,2012 | 04:40PM
sluggah wrote:
You obviously missed the debates. She was beyond clueless.
on December 17,2012 | 05:06PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
You got to be kidding, you unlucky cat!
on December 17,2012 | 05:07PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hehehe...you guys are so easy.....even a papio is a little more suspicious of obvious bait.....
on December 17,2012 | 05:31PM
sluggah wrote:
Oh man, just got punked! Shoulda known!
on December 17,2012 | 05:36PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
It was like T-ball...except there was a beach ball on the tee.
on December 17,2012 | 08:46PM
atilter wrote:
OOHHH, PUH-LEEEZE - NOOOOO! we need someone CREDIBLE, HAS IMPECCABLE CREDENTIALS, HAS A POSITIVE IMAGE, HAS STRONG POSITIVE LINKS FROM TIME ON THE HILL, HAS ALL THE ASSETS NEEDED TO SEE THE B-I-I-I-I-I-G PICTURE, AND HAS STRONG TIES TO HAWAII!!!! in short, we need someone with the stature of General ERIC SHINSEKI, RETIRED! but i don't know if the residential qualifications can be satisfied.
on December 17,2012 | 04:41PM
roofustherhino wrote:
Absolutely agree with this post. Eric Shinseki is the best choice to take over. He has the backing of President Obama because he's in his cabinet, he has the national experience, and he's well respected in DC. Kauai High grad. Still has ties to the islands. He would be a great appointment.
on December 17,2012 | 05:23PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
You don't have to be a resident, just an "inhabitant" of the state in order to be a senator.
on December 17,2012 | 07:43PM
blackmurano wrote:
Hanabusa !! No way. I believe Senator Dan Inouye was a moderate, and I do hope it's not Hanabusa. But again, Neil Aberbrcombi is a radical left wing Democrat, so don't be surprise who the three names he will bring to the Democratic party. Let get a "Hawaiian" back in Congress !!
on December 17,2012 | 04:44PM
ichiban wrote:
Here we go again. Another special election for Rep. Hanabusa's seat? She will be appointed to finish the remaining term of Sen. Inouye by Gov. Abercrombie, leaving her seat vacant. Now don't take the following the wrong way: Now, the godfather of island politics is dead, Dems are circling the wagons while the GOP are circling the sky. The power struggle between the different factions within the Democratic party will be bitterly fought. The GOP party, may finally gain inroads to island politics if they stay united with strong leadership and viable platform. Let's see how things play out.
on December 17,2012 | 04:46PM
turbolink wrote:
The other shoe to fall, should this occur, is appointment of someone to replace Cong Hanabusa. Seems to set up a chain of events to move people around. And sadly, it is somewhat reminiscent of Cong Mink when she was in a terminal coma and the posturing by others that went with it.
on December 17,2012 | 04:53PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Say it ain't so!!!!
on December 17,2012 | 05:03PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Garans ball barans. Hanabusa. 100% guarantee. Otherwise Abs alienates the Kepani vote. Never happen.
on December 17,2012 | 05:33PM
entrkn wrote:
This pick needs to be looked at as an extremely important long-term investment by Hawaii... I would be looking at younger dynamic politicians like Tulsi Gabbard and Brian Schatz and I would replace Mazie Hirono in our next election with the one of these two that doesn't get this appointment... Mufi Hanneman and Ed Case would represent Hawaii in Congress better than anyone else on my radar.
on December 17,2012 | 05:52PM
ichiban wrote:
Hope not Mufi of broken promises and shibai. Ed Case is okay although he caused a lot of friction within the democratic party in Hawaii.
on December 17,2012 | 08:07PM
publicuser wrote:
Does anyone know if Abercrombie can be named in this list? If so, I would imagine he can't appoint himself so who would make the decision? Schatz? Abercrombie or leaders of the the democratic party, if you are reading this, I believe you are the most qualified candidate based on your previous experience with Congress. You would be our best chance at keeping some status in Congress.
on December 17,2012 | 06:14PM
niimi wrote:
Does Neil get to appoint Hanabuse, then get to appoint her replacement, too?
on December 17,2012 | 07:03PM
lastcrusader wrote:
oh no not hanabutta
on December 17,2012 | 07:32PM
Tanabe wrote:
I'm fine with Hayabusa for two years only because there is no one else right now. I think she will do her best to try to get what she can for Hawaii. I'd rather there was someone strong who I knew we could depend on, but with lack of a viable alternative, I guess she'll. I guess....
on December 17,2012 | 07:57PM
Kapuna wrote:
For the sake of seniority in the future, it best to select the Junior Congresswomen Tulsi as she will be able to live long enough to gain seniority in the Senate.
on December 17,2012 | 09:46PM
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