Gov. Neil Abercrombie was back to his fiery self on Sunday night during an appearance at the Democratic Party of Hawaii's summer luau, delivering a combustible stump speech that touched on the state's economic recovery, the need for state-funded preschool, and the threat that even a weakened Republican Party might pose in the 2014 elections.
The governor had the audience to himself, since state Sen. David Ige, his primary challenger, did not attend the gathering at Ward Warehouse, but he acknowledged that Democrats would not agree with him on every issue.
Abercrombie channelled the late Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City.
He said, `If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues' -- not eight out of 10, leave it to Ed, nine out of 12, right? I said, `Ed, there are only 10 commandments.' You know, leave it to Ed Koch to pick up two more things to think about.
`If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist.'