By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who formally announced his re-election campaign on Monday, would not discuss U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's primary challenge next year against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz but reiterated his support for Schatz.
Abercrombie appointed Schatz, his lieutenant governor, to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye in December.
“I think the reasons that I appointed him were solid. I think that he’s making a case for himself on that. And as far as any possible election challenge is concerned, that remains to be seen. That’s strictly speculation at this point,” the governor told reporters. “But I have every confidence that my appointment was for good and solid reasons and I expect that the people of the state will judge those reasons and vote accordingly.”