Newspaper article Roll Call

Hawaii: Governor to Appoint Democrat to Serve until 2014

Newspaper article Roll Call

Hawaii: Governor to Appoint Democrat to Serve until 2014

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, will have a limited choice of successors to appoint to succeed the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.

According to Hawaii election official, the governor will choose from a list of three candidates submitted to him by the state Democratic Party. The appointee will serve until November 2014, when a special election will be held to fill the final two years of Inouye's current term.

Abercrombie is not required to make the appointment by any particular date.

On Monday, Democratic sources in the Aloha State and in Washington, D.C., talked up the following potential candidates for the seat:

* Irene Inouye: The late senator's widow serves as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, according to her biography.

* Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: The one-term Democrat toyed with running for Senate this past cycle but deferred to Sen.-elect Mazie K. Hirono in the primary.

* Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz: The former party chairman is an establishment favorite. …

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