One of the humorous moments in the debate Thursday night between Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary was when Tannya Joaquin of Hawaii News Now, the moderator, asked Abercrombie about an assessment of the state's economy from Paul Brewbaker, an economist.
Joaquin said Brewbaker, the former chairman of the state Council on Revenues, has found that "growth has stalled or is falling in employment, tourism, construction and federal spending. So is it fair to say that we're back and on track?"
"I have no idea who that is but that is the opposite of what the Council of Revenues is saying," Abercrombie said. "That's the opposite ...we have more people employed now ..."
"He's the former chair of the council that you're referring to," Joaquin cut in.
"Well maybe that's why he's the former chair," Abercrombie said.