Political Radar

Mahalo gathering

August 27th, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will hold a "mahalo gathering" on Thursday night at his Kakaako campaign headquarters to thank his supporters.

Abercrombie lost to state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary, the first governor in state history to lose re-election in a primary, and the first to lose re-election at all since 1962.

From the governor:

Mahalo to all of you for your faith, trust and support. I am incredibly proud and grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve as Governor of this great state.

I am even more thankful for the blood, sweat and tears you have contributed to this campaign. As an expression of my appreciation, I would like to invite you to join me for a “Mahalo Gathering” at the campaign headquarters on Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 pm.

5 Responses to “Mahalo gathering”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    That is pretty classy.

    This could be the best thing if Abercrombie is truly tattoo-level "Hawaii Democratic Party Forever" if we are to believe his words during the recent Primary election night. Adds another majordomo to the Hawaii Dems. Goes for Hanabusa too (though you just KNOW her dream job was "U.S. Senator"). Won't be just Dante now.

  2. Nala007:

    Abercrombie is definitely the losing candidate who has shown real class in defeat. Hanabusa, on the other hand, no such class. Another reason why I am glad that I voted for Schatz. So much for Hanabusa's claim of "Hawaii values," (whatever that really meant??)

  3. Kolea:

    I agree Abercrombie has been gracious in defeat by congratulating Ige on his victory and pledging his support. I hope Ige prevails in November, but that depends upon whether Abercrombie's supporters are able to follow Neil's example and help the Ige campaign. So Neil's people need to show up as volunteers for Ige.

    On the other hand, Ige's campaign has to welcome Neil's people when they do show up. I have heard first hand accounts of Abercrombie supporters going into Ige headquarters and the Ige supporters their just shrugging, not knowing how to welcome them or put them to work.

    Nala007 raises a second point. Unity among the Democrats is being undermined by Hanabusa's refusal to endorse Schatz, preferring to hold onto her bitterness at not not winning the seat she felt entitled to get. If Neil supporters can embrace Ige, then Hanabusa has to rise to the occasion and show some enthusiasm for Schatz. Schatz will win in November, with or without Hanabusa stepping up to her responsibilities. But her failure to help unify the Democrats will weaken the Ige effort. One would hope she can see that, stop her sulking and exhibit some adulthood and some aloha.

    Unless she sees an Ige loss as advantageous for her future plans.

  4. itoboy:

    CG, Nala007, and Kolea: Agreed. Kolea - you bring up an interesting theory about Hanabusa seeing an Ige loss as advantageous - counter-intuitive to me but intriguing. I have suspected Ige's inner circle included mostly long-time Inouye cronies, which were the same as Hanabusa's inner circle. I haven't seen it first-hand, but you are absolutely right that my suspicion has led me to stay neutral in the Gov's race.

    I would guess Hanabusa really needs Ige as Gov so Ige (or the old Inouye cronies) can then use the Gov position to Hanabusa's advantage for a rematch against Schatz in 2016. Other explanations include Hanabusa wants to run for Gov in 2018, or Hanabusa doesn't care about anyone except herself (I think the latter is the more likely theory - even Mufi got behind (or pretended to support) Neil after Mufi lost in 2010 - Hanabusa is worse than Mufi in this respect).

    EI - don't know why you keep posting, chimp. All of your posts disappear - ever wonder why?

  5. Chicken Grease:

    Good to see your intelligent posts again, itoboy. Please post more, and often. Missed your wisdom when the fights went down inna primary a few weeks ago.

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