Governor Abercrombie focuses on future after rough first year

Governor Neil Abercrombie
Governor Neil Abercrombie
Dan Boylan
Dan Boylan
Richard Borreca
Richard Borreca

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If given a letter grade on his first year in office analysts say Governor Neil Abercrombie wouldn't get high marks.

"I think you'd have to give him a C or a C- and I think his critics would say that is great inflation," said Dan Boylan, Political Analyst.

"Obviously he's still there so he's passing but it wasn't a year that was covered in successes," said Richard Borreca, Political Columnist.

That's surprising since he campaigned that he'd be ready on day one.

"He does have this sort of macho governor idea that he's supposed to rise above it all and he's going to be leading us all but leaders have to have followers and right now I'm not sure how many followers he has," said Borreca.

The governor upset unions, nurses, teachers, senior citizens, football fans, soda drinkers and the list goes on.

"Politically if you're going to offend people and you're the democratic governor you should be offending republicans but instead he went straight to the heart of the democratic base in Hawaii," said Borreca.

Fortunately it's early and there isn't anyone strong enough to challenge him.

"A union guy is mad at Neil. What are you going to do? You going to vote for Duke (Aiona)?  You going to vote for a republican?" asked Boylan.

"The republicans would have to have a strong candidate," said Borreca. "But they don't have that right now."

"No more kicking the fiscal can down the road," said Governor Abercrombie.

The Governor admits he forced a lot of people to make sacrifices but now that they have fiscally things are getting better.

"I certainly wish I didn't have to ask everybody to make those sacrifices but adults understand that you have to take things seriously when you're faced with a crisis. We had a financial crisis. We've come out of it," said Governor Abercrombie. "We've come from being $200 million in the hole to the best financial situation per capita of any state in the union."

So is the Governor thinking about reelection?

"I'm thinking about a continuation of what we want to do. People will make their decision. I'll play four quarters and we'll see if they want to renew my contract," responded Governor Abercrombie.

The governor is staying positive and is focused on building workforce housing, investing in education, moving toward energy independence and agriculture security.

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