By Derrick DePledge
The Hawaii Government Employees Association released the union's list of endorsements on Friday, but what was most interesting is the high-profile races the union has chosen to leave open.
The HGEA, which endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann over Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2010, has opted not to endorse in the governor's race. The decision reflects a lack of consensus -- or confidence -- with either Abercrombie or state Sen. David Ige, his Democratic primary challenger. Hannemann is running under the new Hawaii Independent Party banner.
The union will also not endorse in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District, where several Democrats, including state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and state Rep. K. Mark Takai, are vying to take on former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, the leading Republican.