By Derrick DePledge
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.