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Who’s Running for Lt. Governor’s Race of Hawaii 2010 – Why I Didn’t Care Until Now

Wow…..did you see the negative spin on Facebook about Neil Abercrombie?  What do you think are the odds that this is a move by Mufi Hannemanns camp?  There’s no two ways about it, this is going to get ugly and funny.  If I was Duke Aiona’s camp, I would be just feeding on the Hannemann/Abercrombie rhetoric getting all the info, lock and load.

But what about the Lt. Governors race for Hawaii 2010?  I looked it up on the Hawaii Gov site and got a list of who’s running.  Never heard of these people except for Bobby Bunda and  Norman Sakamoto.  I think I have seen the guy from Maui in a couple of commercials but that’s it.  But here’s the funny thing, I never really cared about the Lt. Governors race until I sat with a friend that brought up a good point.  “So if these people were running for Governor, who would you like”?  Now I care….

After going through the list and did decent research and if I was going to vote for these people as if it was the Governors race, it would have to be Norman Sakamoto FTW!  It would have to be someone who has big time experience with dealing with the states politics.  Not to say Bobby Bunda or the others don’t have experience, I just like the feeling I get from Norman Sakamoto in a time where trust in politics is at its lowest.  Sakamotot seems to be a person for the people.  Plus he’s always spinning his position on education and that’s my trigger point.  Education has to be on the top 5 points in my book.

The way I have been branded as Joe public, the position of the Lt. Governor of Hawaii (or any state for that matter) is more of pomp and circumstance.  But now with some new information on what the Lt. Governor does and after thinking “What if Mufi Hannemann or Neil Abercrombie win”? it might be a real good idea to have  solid back-up.  Who would you want? 

Norman Sakamoto for me.

5 Responses

  1. Pomp and circumstance, my okole, George. The Lieutenant Governor can be a powerful force working WITH the Governor. For instance, take Sakamoto. Here’s a guy who’s probably got more experience in education than any candidate running for anything this year. What happens if the new Governor tells Sakamoto “Hey, Norman, education is your kuleana. Run with it.” You don’t think something would start happening fast? And that’s why the Lt. Governor is important. In fact, that’s why Sakamoto is important.

    • Phil,

      I think both Abercrombie and Hanneman are fine candidates for Governor. The problem is Abercrombie has been away in Washington DC for a long time and Hanneman has been focusing on city issues. This is where Norman can be a tremendous asset to the next Governor. He’s been deeply involved in state issues for a long time. And more critically, he’s probably the most knowledgable of all the LG candidates when it comes to education issues. I want the next Governor to have Norman by his side.

    • Pomp and circ is what I was branded with until I started to look into it. Either way, the more info I get the more I get that the office of Lt. Governor is more than cruise control.

  2. The sad truth of it is that there’s nor real respect for the Lt. Governors position amongs the people. Like you said, they don’t understand the position hence voter apathy ensues.

  3. Schatz calls himself a “turnaround” administrator.

    Looking at the past 10 years of financials for the Democratic Party of Hawaii, http://www.campaignmoney.com, it does look like fundraising at the Democratic Party of Hawaii is way down from when Schatz took it over in May 2008 thru Dec. 2009. The Party was doing better in the cycle before Schatz and by the data appears to be doing worse in the cycle immediately following Schatz’s term. Quite the “turnaround.”

    As for Helping Hand Hawaii, much of the money given to HHHawaii were state grants. HHHawaii did not raise this money as most not-for-profits would by hustling contributions, hard to call that a true bootstrap “turnaround.”

    **Brian strikes us as an ambitious young man not willing to bide his time gaining some much needed experience and wisdom while showing the proper respect to his kapuna.**

    We, the Hawaii Democratic Underground, believe Brian Schatz does not have the experience to be the Lt. Governor and a heartbeat away from the Governorship.

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