Political Radar

Job changes

June 26th, 2013

Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is looking to fill two top staff positions.

Amy Asselbaye, her Hawaii-based chief of staff who previously served as longtime aide to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in Congress and at the state Capitol, is leaving to devote more time to work at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center. Asselbaye left the Abercrombie administration at the end of his first year in office to spend more time with family. (Asselbaye also co-opened a coffee shop in Hawaii Kai with her husband and another couple last year.)

Said Gabbard, in a statement issued through an aide:

“With my chief of staff returning to her job at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, I decided to move my chief of staff position to the D.C. office to handle the day-to-day office operations while Congress is in session."

Gabbard also is looking to replace her deputy chief of staff, Jennifer Goedke, who left her position earlier this month. No reason for her departure was given.

Gabbard added:

"I am also hiring an experienced District Director who is dedicated to meeting the needs of constituents across Hawaii. This structure will continue to provide the people of Hawai'i with the best possible service."

No replacements have been named.

4 Responses to “Job changes”

  1. Sayer:

    I'm sure Amy Asselbye's talents will be put to good use in the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center - their services are essential for the health and well being of our Waianae residents. They are trying to build a new emergency center building right now and are seeking donations to help with the cost, for anyone who is interested. They have more information on making donations here: http://www.wcchc.com/Giving.

  2. galekaminari:

    Best wishes to Amy Asselbaye. Thank you for settling Hawaii's new Congresswoman in nicely! Is Jennifer Goedke the person that Amy Asselbaye brought on to help her? If so, then it makes a lot of sense that she would leave also, with Ms. Asselbaye.

    Now that the Congresswoman has had some time to be on the job, I am sure that she has a better idea of what makes sense for her office operations. These moves allow the Congresswoman the best of all Worlds--a seasoned Chief of Staff to launch and an opportunity early on to tailor operations as best serves the Congresswoman/the people of CD2/Hawaii. And notice that the Congresswoman does say "across Hawaii" and "the people of Hawaii"!

  3. Kolea:

    Tulsi's hiring of Amy Asselbaye impressed me and gave me hope she was broad minded and forward thinking, a reversal from her earlier political career. Amy's departure raises questions for me. Just as her departure from Abercrombie's office suggested Neil was turning to the Dark Side.

  4. Goober:

    You mean Governor Abercrombie is
    Maybe they know who they really are.

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