By Derrick DePledge
We took a look at some of the policy differences between Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige -- the candidates in the Democratic primary for governor -- in the newspaper on Sunday.
But left out of the story due to space constraints was a section on leadership.
One of the issues Abercrombie had to confront when he ran for governor was a lack of chief executive experience. Ige has spent his political career as a legislator – and has not had the public profile Abercrombie had -- which raises the question for Democrats about whether he would be an upgrade at Washington Place.
Ige, an engineer, said the difference between him and the governor is that he has also kept a professional career in the private sector. “I’ve gone through from an engineer all the way to an executive,” he said.
Abercrombie said voters knew his legislative background when they put their faith in him as chief executive during a time of fiscal crisis in 2010.
“I asked for the opportunity to do it, and I based that on the leadership qualities that I had shown in another context, in the legislative context,” the governor said. “Now all I’m saying is that if you want to lead the parade, I think you have to do more than say that you’ve been a spectator at other parades year after year after year.
“I was never a spectator.”