Holy Schatz. Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) may have just committed political suicide and left a powerful legacy at the same time by picking young LG Brian Schatz over Sen. Dan Inouye's preferred successor, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Key quote from the Governor:
Nothing was pre-ordained.
But going against the dying wishes of Hawaii's most beloved political figure is one heckuva gutsy move.
This throws a giant monkey wrench into the Hawaiian political scene. Unlike Hanabusa, Schatz is almost certain to not get a free-ride in the 2014 Primary. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard may see this as an open invitation to take him - or Abercrombie - on in 2014. And with HI having very late primaries, the bloodier the better for Republicans' chances.
The HIGOP's A team - Linda Lingle, Charles Djou, and Duke Aiona - need to start thinking about their next move, because even without the benefit of a HI-1 special, things look far brighter for two of them now than they did an hour ago.
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