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November 19, 2008

2010, Here We Go

The 2008 election season is just being put to bed, when lo and behold, the 2010 political season is well under way in Hawaii.  At least the positioning has begun in earnest.  Already we have heard about the possible scenarios for the governor's seat, with Lieutenant Governor James "Duke" Aiona an acknowledged candidate, and lots of speculation about the plans of U.S. House Representative Neil Abercrombie, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, and Hawaii State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.  Of course, there are others, currently on the sidelines or laying low, who will undoubtedly make their intentions known in the next year or so.

And if any of the above office holders give it a go, then that would obviously open up opportunities for replacements at the city, state, and federal level.  And what about the futures of former office holders like Quentin Kawananakoa and Ed Case?  Is the itch still there?  Are there unheralded local businessmen interested in public sector service or perhaps Republicans who might go for the gusto in one of the big races in two years?  Hard to tell from the dwindling number of Republicans making their presence felt in the state House and Senate or even running for office locally these days.  And then, of course, there are always those who seem to come out of nowhere and rise quickly, like one Barack Obama just did over the past few years.       

Now is the time for neophytes to start auditioning, and you can be sure that already well-groomed and well-established names will be front and center to prove their worth as the 2010 election is right around the corner.  Well, maybe not right around the corner, but if you look not too hard, you can see it from here.  Think about it...

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