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Democrats will name candidates to succeed Inouye on Dec. 28

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:54 p.m. HST, Dec 18, 2012

The Democratic Party of Hawaii's state central committee will meet on Dec. 28 to decide on three potential candidates to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Dante Carpenter, the party's chairman, said Democrats hope to forward the recommendations to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in time for the governor to make an appointment before new senators are sworn in in Washington, D.C., in early January.

"That is the target to ensure that we have somebody in place for the swearing in so we do not lose one second of potential seniority time in the U.S. Senate," Carpenter said.

The appointed senator will serve until voters in 2014 elect a senator to fill out the remainder of Inouye's term, which runs through 2016.


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gsc wrote:
I nominate Ed Case.
on December 18,2012 | 02:56PM
OldDiver wrote:
Ed Case is aligned with conservative democrats like Ben Cayetano. Neither would represent the liberal values Senator Inouye treasured.
on December 18,2012 | 08:58PM
SteveToo wrote:
I second Ed Case
on December 18,2012 | 03:14PM
paloloboyz wrote:
Nah, I hope he runs for governor instead, gotta replace that short guy.
on December 18,2012 | 03:24PM
false wrote:
Case will not even be under consideration.
on December 18,2012 | 03:27PM
808comp wrote:
I think Retired General Eric Shinseki.
on December 18,2012 | 03:33PM
OldDiver wrote:
When was the last time he lived in Hawaii?
on December 18,2012 | 08:59PM
64hoo wrote:
you dumbocrat ilks do something good and don't put hanabusa as one of the chosen she will do a bad job forget about what dan wrote in his letter he was to distraut at the time he wrote the letter. did'nt think right for the condition he was in.
on December 18,2012 | 04:32PM
ichiban wrote:
So is the Democratic Party of Hawaii going to follow the wish of late Sen. Dan Inouye and appoint Rep. Hanabusa to the vacant senate seat? Or are there already posturing by individuals wanting the position of "kingmaker"? Are there factions within the Democratic Party struggling for power? If Rep. Hanabusa is appointed how will a candidate for her seat be selected? Lot of questions with very interesting answers awaiting the public.
on December 18,2012 | 04:47PM
lmartyaz wrote:
Whoever they choose will be the Junior Senator, with Mazie the Senior Senator and Kingmaker. If Hanabusa is appointed, State will have to pay for a special election in this Spring.
on December 18,2012 | 09:13PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Ed Case could run for Hanabusa's congressional seat if he want to return to Congress. His appointment to replace Senator Inouye will be seen as a huge political faux paux and will ensure his defeat when he runs against Hanabusa in 2014. In a Democratic Primary in 2014, Case would lose the AJA, Hawaiian and union voters. Abercrombie would face a backlash as well should he run for re-election. His performance has not been notable except for the turmoil of the last two years. The last time a Governor ignored the death bed wishes of a sitting politician, the appointed replacement who was not the suggested replacement by the dying politician was defeated at the next election.
on December 18,2012 | 04:51PM
connie wrote:
I nominate Governor George Ariyoshi, General Eric Shinseki (ok, I know he doesn't live in Hawaii, but he is from Hawaii), and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
on December 18,2012 | 05:19PM
entrkn wrote:
Tulsi Gabbard and Brian Schatz will be there 40 to 50 years from now and doing a great job for Hawaii and for America... there is no one else even close.
on December 18,2012 | 05:30PM
64hoo wrote:
yea abercrombie will take the senate seat by appointing himself and schatz will be governer thats what i think.
on December 18,2012 | 06:29PM
64hoo wrote:
abercrombie for senater and schatz will be governer just a thought.
on December 18,2012 | 06:07PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Shinseki would bring instant credibility to the senate. Hanabusa / Hirono would make us a laughingstock.
on December 18,2012 | 06:27PM
Puuloa wrote:
Blake Oshiro would be the best candidate. He's an accomplished lawmaker and would represent Hawaii proudly. And there's no doubt where his loyalty lies. He is a man of integrity and honor. And he deserves the appointment.
on December 18,2012 | 07:57PM
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