April 19, 2015

Rebuffing a Leader’s Dying Wish

Last week, Hawaii Governor Abercrombie rebuffed the final wish of a dying Senator Daniel P. Inouye.

Instead of appointing Congressmember Colleen Hanabusa to replace Inouye in the U.S. Senate, Abercrombie picked Brian Schatz, a close confidant and Hawaii’s outgoing Lieutenant Governor.

Why did Abercrombie rebuff Inouye?  Simple: he wanted to install one of his allies in the Senate.  While Abercrombie and Schatz are personal friends, he has in the past clashed with Sen. Inouye.

This decision may come back to haunt Abercrombie:  Hanabusa is now being urged to challenge him in 2014, when Abercrombie’s up for re-election.

— Gautam Dutta

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