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December 31, 2012

Think About It: Parting Schatz

Believe it or not, the first shots of the 2014 local election season were fired last Wednesday when Governor Abercrombie selected Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant upon the passing of esteemed senator Daniel Inouye. The governor stated that everyone's voice was listened to during the expedited selection process, which would include the final wishes of Senator Inouye, who had made it clear that U.S. House representative, Colleen Hanabusa, was his choice. 

Governor Abercrombie clearly put his stamp on this appointment, noting that "…no one and nothing is pre-ordained." Thus, Abercrombie has clearly stated that it is time to move on and, in his mind, move forward with a selection that will serve Hawaii well in the years and decades to come. Ah, but this is where things get tricky. Some will see this selection as a slight. Others might see it as an opportunity to perhaps challenge Abercrombie should he seek re-election in two-years. And Schatz's seat will be up for election in 2014 to fill the remainder of Inouye's term through 2016. 

And what about the Hawaii Republican Party? Will it find viable candidates to challenge incumbents in major races in two years and in four years? Will party heavyweight Linda Lingle vie for the governor's job after a required term away from that office? The choice of Schatz over Hanabusa obviously kept the local Democratic Party from having to deal with a possibly fractious U.S. House seat special election. The senate selection has been made; people need to work together, as always. Hawaii needs strength in Washington, D.C., not petty politics. And 2014 is just around the bend, with campaigning, in earnest, due to begin in less than 18-months. Think about it... 

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