Political Radar

ALC 2014

March 15th, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie spoke to dozens of his campaign supporters Friday morning at the Plaza Club downtown.

The governor, according to a source who attended, talked about the state's financial turnaround since he took office in 2010.

The event was part of a soft rollout for Abercrombie's re-election campaign, which has mostly been in fundraising mode. A potential primary challenge next year from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, has accelerated the importance of locking down allies in addition to money.

The Abercrombie Leadership Council 2014 includes some of the state's top political, corporate, legal and labor players, with heavyweights such as John Waihee, Bert A. Kobayashi, Don Horner, Colbert Matsumoto, Paul Alston, Rick Fried, Dennis Mitsunaga, Joseph Pickard, Stanford Carr and J.N. Musto.

The list serves as a reminder that the governor has a reservoir of political and financial support to tap into if he faces a serious primary.

6 Responses to “ALC 2014”

  1. Gerald de Heer:

    Excellent post. Is the Governor's Race in 2014 over before it starts? If the list of the Abercrombie Leadership Council 2014 is accurate as reported by Derrick, Gov Abercrombie will be re-elected. Derrick, is there a full list available? Now, if people 'defect' from the list, that would indicate a sea-change. If the list holds firm into 2014, we are probably done regarding the Governor's Race. Real reform has to occur starting in legislative districts. See you in 2014.

  2. Kolea:

    I do not know who I will be supporting for Governor between Hanabusa and Abercrombie. But surely, I am not the only one struck by the complete absence of women within Abercrombie's power circle? Yes, Neil has always talked a good game about respecting the rights of women, but in practice...?

    What is wrong with this picture?

  3. Especially Incognito:

    DOMA, anyone?

  4. hipoli:

    Kolea: Complete absence of women? What are you talking about? Kate Stanley, Pat McManaman, Kealii Lopez, Loretta Fuddy, and while not a cabinet member, Kathy Matayoshi. How can you say complete absence of women in the A-admin?

    That said, I understand the fence-sitting a lot of us will feel should the race be between Neil and Colleen.

  5. Kolea:


    You are right there are some strong women around Neil, some of whom carry some heft with him. I was reacting to the list of those named as belonging to the "Abercrombie Leadership Council, as reported by Derrick. If Neil's people can add some women to that letterhead, it would protect them from some very predictable complaints. Neil has always had good relations with politically active women activists. But IF Colleen runs against him, he had better protect his flank.

    I don't know if I'll be sitting on the fence or not. I remain undecided about that. I am sitting on the fence over whether I am sitting on the fence. A good contest might force both of them to give us good reasons to like them. I want to be courted for a change.

  6. Goober:

    Must be a wide fence, since one is a wide load.

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