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Hawaii Won't Have a Special U.S. House Election After All

Published on December 26, 2012, by in General.

On December 26, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie chose Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Senate. The vacancy exists because Senator Daniel Inouye died last week. Inouye had asked the Governor to appoint Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to his seat, but the Governor did not do that. Because Hanabusa was not appointed, there is no vacancy in the U.S. House from Hawaii.

13 Responses

  1. Jed Siple

    Inouye asked for one person and he appointed another? I mean, Abercrombie has every right to do that but it’s kind of a dick move.

  2. Shack

    I agree. What a dumb decision on his part.

  3. Be Rational

    Politically, he avoids giving another party a chance at winning the seat.

  4. There is almost no way anyone outside the Greens or Dems would win the seat…

  5. @4 – during the last special election in Hawai’i – the GOP won because 2 Dems filed and split the Dem vote.

  6. Slam In A Y-Trap

    Republicans are a lot more likely to win than Greens.

  7. Casual Bystander

    Poster #1… do you believe in the divine right of incumbents? Monarchs get to select their heir (or successor) should incumbents have that same right?

  8. johnO

    Charles Djou -R- won I believe before.

  9. Jed Siple

    @7

    No, but I do believe in honouring a dead man’s wishes.

  10. Demo Rep

    Candidate/incumbent rank order lists for replacements.

    See 7 Dec 1941 in the old HI Territory (aka Pearl Harbor Attack) which affected the late Sen. Inouye his entire life — and many other LOYAL Japanese-Americans.

    BUT – abolish the minority rule USA Senate — with its many very small States — including beautiful HI.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  11. Casual Bystander

    @9… how is that different?

  12. Jed Siple

    @11

    It’s just a matter of, I don’t know, politeness? It’s not “selecting an heir”, there will be an election. I’m not saying I particularly care, one statist is as bad as another, but it just seems like a dick move. No need to get snippy with me.

  13. Casual Bystander

    Not snippy just trying to understand your reasoning. I guess if he had recommended a relative it would be different.

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