By Derrick DePledge
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano has cast the Democratic primary between Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige as "truly a `David v. Goliath' affair."
Cayetano, a longtime ally of Abercrombie's, has endorsed Ige. In an email to Ige's supporters, the former governor cites public and private polls that show Ige competitive with Abercrombie.
By now, our incumbent governor has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV and radio ads touting his "accomplishments". You probably will not see a single TV ad from David's campaign. This election is truly a "David v. Goliath" affair.
The question is why do recent polls show David gaining the momentum on the governor? The Feb. 17, 2014 StarAdvertiser poll shows a single digit deficit (NA 47 - (DI) 38 % in the primary, the Feb. 18, 2014 Civil Beat poll shows a 37-37% tie and a recent poll on which I was personally briefed showed David ahead 46-41% in the primary.
To be clear, polls are a snapshot in time, today's results could change dramatically tomorrow. However, polls taken over time often reveal a trend and the polls I mention above indicate a trend favorable to David.
On June 9, David will be holding a stew and rice dinner at Kalani High School. Please join us, listen to David and find out why -- as in the David v. Goliath fable -- David Ige may well be our next governor.