Inouye asked Abercrombie to appoint Hanabusa to Senate after his death

Published: Dec. 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie that was delivered at 11 a.m. on Monday, just hours before his death, Senator Daniel Inouye apologized for his inability to fulfill his term and made a request for his successor to the United States Senate, according to Senator Inouye's office.

Inouye's representatives said that his last wish was for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to replace him, citing her intellect and presence and saying it would be a seamless transition if he were to choose her.

By law, the state Democratic party will submit three names to Abercrombie for consideration.

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