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April 14th, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized on Monday for casting doubt on a letter from U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye that urged the governor to name U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor.

Abercrombie told the Los Angeles Times in an interview last week that whether the letter “could be construed as Sen. Inouye’s dying wish  — let me put it this way  — is problematic.”

“I apologize to the late Senator Inouye, his wife Irene, his family, friends, and former staff for the comments I made concerning the letter,” Abercrombie said in a statement. “I regret that my comments were interpreted as hurtful and disrespectful to them. That was certainly not my intent. Sen. Inouye was, without a doubt, one of the finest leaders in Hawaii’s history, and a mentor to me.

“Selection of Sen. Inouye's successor was one of the most difficult decisions of my political career. I had three worthy nominees from the Democratic Party to select from. In my discussions with Senator Inouye, it was clear that he preferred Colleen Hanabusa. In the end, however, he told me, as governor, you have to make the decision you think is best for the people of Hawaii."

11 Responses to “Apology”

  1. innocent observer:

    Abercrombie thinks he made the best selection for the people of Hawaii, however he is attempting to justify his irrational rationale to appoint shatz, the political novice who had or has no significant accomplishments. now, he makes stupid remarks, questioning the veracity of Inouye's dying wish. he speaks with forked tongue - untrustworthy and insincere.

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Schatz was a big supporter of a 2005 law that gave a loophole to allow 87 dentists to get their Hawaii license. They included Dr. John Stover and Dr. Lilly Geyer (nee Tsou) who were involved in the deaths of two patients and the injuring of many more. After local dentists told Schatz that it was a bad idea to create loopholes for dental licenses.

    "It's unconscionable to not allow a local kid who has finished dental school to take a test and practice in Hawaii," said Rep. Brian Schatz, D-Makiki-Tantalus. "The bottom line is that it's a free market and this is not like accountancy or law where it would differ from state to state. Teeth are teeth and if somebody passed the board in New England or Florida, I'm prepared to assume they're a qualified dentist." (Pacific Business News, May 22, 2005)

    This is the kind of idiot that was appointed a US Senator. What makes anyone think that Schatz has the ability to make any good decisions for Hawaii when he only listens to Abercrombie, Bloomberg and Gore? Poor decisions then, poor decisions now. It isn't going to change and make Schatz a better qualified candidate.

  3. Guy:

    Rereading the LA Times story, seems like he just spoke his mind and said what a lot of people were thinking. Heavin forbid a politician ever do that!

  4. Especially Incognito:

    "This is a decision that should not be made by one person sitting in her office or by members of the Majority Party behind closed doors in a legislative caucus, but by all the people of Hawaii behind the curtain of the voting booth." lingle's veto speech..

    Sounds like what Governor Abercrombie is saying....Let the people vote...It is not my decision...

  5. Eric Ryan:

    The parallel between Anna Nicole Smith marrying a geezer during his final years and this situation involving Inouye's latest and youngest wife before he died is undenyable. The last thing we need is Anna Nicole Inouye telling us who to vote for. For those who can't handle that assertion, you probably can't understand why voters are wise to ignore politicians who use their influence try to tell us what other politicians they should elect. This "dying wish" situation is a bunch of crap. Inouye can take his record of using his influence and his position and his vote to run up gigantic debts for taxpayers at every level of government. His wife should shut her mouth. Voters should wake up and ignore what Anna Nicole Inouye has to say about how people in Hawaii choose our elected representatives. Hanabusa is a shameless huckster for trotting out the widow at every opportunity. Down with Schatz in the General, but Go Schatz Go in the primary.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”

    Shut up....

  7. Gerald de Heer:

    Eric, you must be joking in making a comparison between Anna Nicole Smith and and Irene Hirono Inouye. If not, tasteless, mean-spirited posts like that only undermine your credibility.

  8. ohiaforest3400:

    No worries, GDH, you have to have credibility in the first place in order to undermine it.

  9. Tiki808:

    Just them playing politics. Neil Abercrombie is with democrats and his decisions are based on democratic ideas and beliefs about how the community should be and the government should function be like. Whether or not Neil comes close to achieving his goals depends on public funding through campaign contributions and supporters from around the state.

  10. Guido Sarducci:

    July, 2013: Neil Abercrombie Conspiracy Theory Claims Inouye Letter Conspiracy


  11. Especially Incognito:

    No...about it...

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