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Abercrombie formally launches re-election campaign

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:32 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

 Gov. Neil Abercrombie has formally launched his campaign to win a second term in 2014, saying Hawaii has built momentum coming out of recession and he wants it to continue.

The Democrat told supporters including Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at a rally Monday that he helped the state turn around a deficit and start focusing on other priorities.

“We want to make certain that the confidence that we are building right now is able to move forward in other areas, as well,” Abercrombie said.

No major opponents have said they’ll challenge Abercrombie.

When asked why he should be re-elected, Abercrombie said he thinks he’s moved forward as he promised in his last campaign.

“I think we had very tough choices to make and tough decisions to make, and I think I’ve made the right decisions to move Hawaii forward,” Abercrombie said.

He declined to say whether a Senate primary shaping up between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa would affect his race for governor. Hanabusa has not formally announced her plans, and Abercrombie says her running is strictly speculation.

But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says Hanabusa has informed the committee she plans to challenge Schatz, who was appointed by Abercrombie in December after the death of longtime U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Inouye wanted Hanabusa to replace him.

“As far as any possible election challenge is concerned, that remains to be seen,” Abercrombie said. “I have every confidence that my appointment was for good and solid reasons, and I expect the people of the state will judge those reasons and vote accordingly.”


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on April 29,2013 | 06:42PM
matsuyama wrote:
Abercrombie is the greater example of "fiscal malfeasance" than Lingle. Raiding funds, overtaxing the people, and spending beyond control is worse than Lingle's example of making a bad investment call (auction rate bonds) where no money is lost, it was only tied up for 5 years.
on April 29,2013 | 08:26PM
OldDiver wrote:
Lingle left Abercrombie with a $1.2 billion budget deficit. In one year working with the legislature the deficit was erased. Cleaning up Lingle's budget mess cost Abercrombie brownie points with the public but we are better off that he made the tough decisions Lingle refused to make.
on April 29,2013 | 08:41PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
what the f are you talking about you dip stick? go crawl back under your rock.
on April 29,2013 | 09:24PM
matsuyama wrote:
OldDiver, are you blaming the Great Recession that began in 2008, and the subsequent fall in tax revenus, on Lingle? Try again.
on April 29,2013 | 09:29PM
localguy wrote:
OD - Tough decisions? Really? Like his idea of iPads for every child with no clue of total cost to buy and maintain. Like his idea of sticking taxpayers with the cost of preschool, a cost which should go to parents. His idea of jacking up the hotel tax. I could go on for a long, long, time but you get the picture. Wait till his turn is over and see who has to clean up his mess. Hey, how much is Neil paying you to blog for him? More than HART pays you to blog for our rail moneypit?
on April 29,2013 | 09:53PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
HA .... what about UH and DOE scandals every week since he took office? Education is 50% of the state budget, and he's allowing it to be wasted. He reappointed the same regents that continue even now to mismanage UH and waste taxpayer money. The Unions own the democratic party he leads, big monopoly
on April 29,2013 | 09:17PM
DAGR81 wrote:
W hat have you taken that made you so disillusinal?
on April 29,2013 | 10:14PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
The guy has heart! No matter what anybody says, he has devoted his adult life to the betterment of Hawaii. Not too many others can say that.
on April 29,2013 | 06:56PM
ISCREAM wrote:
All the time his hand is in you wallet...
on April 29,2013 | 08:34PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
More like special interests and unions, not Hawaii taxpayers.
on April 29,2013 | 09:19PM
Nocturnal wrote:
Mr. Abercrombie, good luck sir, you are going to need it. I will not be voting for you again and I am a Democrat.
on April 29,2013 | 06:56PM
mochiko wrote:
Yes, I, too, have great regrets voting for him the last time.
on April 29,2013 | 07:09PM
my_opinion_only wrote:
Me too.
on April 29,2013 | 07:13PM
Allenk wrote:
Performance: mediocre. Department staffing were revolving doors.
on April 29,2013 | 07:18PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Who will be running against him? I want to know who I will be voting for.
on April 29,2013 | 07:11PM
danielpecoraro wrote:
I'd rather vote republican. HSTA will not be endorsing this schmuck.
on April 29,2013 | 07:35PM
my_opinion_only wrote:
Time to start emailing Hanabusa; begging her to come home!
on April 29,2013 | 10:46PM
localguy wrote:
What is this shibai? Re-election campaign? Really? What is he thinking? What has he done to deserve a second term? Nothing. Oh wait, he is doing what all Nei government employees do. Double dipping for his retirement. Neil, a second term is earned, not a right. And so far you are just a recycled bureaucrat. The Nei needs a new, fresh blood, candidate for Governor. Having said that, you do not qualify. Soooo just retire ok? Don't go away mad, just go away. We will do just fine without you.
on April 29,2013 | 07:51PM
Brixac3 wrote:
NA is likely to get re-elected because most people don't pay attention to what politicians actually do. The average voter puts their faith in idologies, platforms, empty promises and what a politician says they represent. If voters were paying attention, they'd see that NA has done a very poor job. For example, a lot of people don't realize that he's reinstituted Furlough Days and amazingly there is no outrage from people who selfrighteously screamed about lost instruction time for our keiki. DLWOP (Directed Leave WithOut Pay) are a furlough days. Interesting that they made sure that all but one of these days are on Mondays so that they could say with a straight face, they are not "Furlough Fridays". And how can we forget Neil's hiring of Marvin Wong a contract coodinator for Mitsunaga & Associates, which won almost every bid during the Cayetano years and happened to make enormous contributions to Cayetano and happened to make a large contribution to Niel Abercrombe! http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/Governors_aide_tied_to_big_donor.html?id=117893459 Now he's trying to rent out school to raise revenue. I wonder if a large contractor could benefit from that? http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/20130425__Waikiki_residents_reject__possible_school_closures.html?id=204645081 Interesting that this Democrat has gone against the democratically determined decision regarding DOMA. He's acting like a Republican, (who btw believe in a representative form of government versus a pure democracy). NA will get voted in again because he's a part of the established politically powerfut machine that's been in existance for decades. Btw, the Donovan fiasco (at UH) is a glipse of what happens all the time in the current state government infrastructure. Fyi, 'm not an (R). I don't like all politicians. I believe that you have to keep changing parties so that they keep working hard to prove they're better than the other party. If you leave one party in power, you can absolutly count on them being corrupt. Remember Communist coutries have only one party.
on April 29,2013 | 08:00PM
A_Reader wrote:
No worries Neil...you get em....Here in Hawaii we get short memories and forget all the stupid kukai that our elected officials have done to us ...(those lolo's who elected him will re-elect him)..."Go Neil Go".....
on April 29,2013 | 08:15PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
on April 29,2013 | 09:26PM
MakikiView wrote:
It's simple. Compare today to the day the Governor took office. Be honest. Today is better.
on April 29,2013 | 09:43PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
on April 30,2013 | 12:29AM
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