HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just about a year ago, Governor Ige’s favorable ratings were so low it looked like there was no way he would be re-elected.
His first three years seemed directionless and mediocre and the public seemed to turn strongly against him after the false missile alert.
He won re-election largely because his opponents couldn’t find a message that worked while Hawaii’s economy did well riding the mainland’s economic tailwind.
But the governor doesn’t seem interested in change. His second term cabinet is made up almost entirely of the same executives he had in his first term.
So it’s likely anyone hoping for a more competent and creative administration is in for disappointment.
The one exception is his appointment last week of Clare Connors as Attorney General.
Connors is an incredibly well credentialed former federal prosecutor and civil litigator – who actually made a living putting politicians in prison and suing state government.
As attorney general, Connors should be involved in many decisions faced by the governor. Let’s hope she is allowed to provide a breath of fresh air and fresh thinking for Ige’s final four years.