For the past seven-plus years, whenever we in the media asked Gov. Linda Lingle about her future political aspirations, the question was always deflected with a stock answer: That she was fully committed to Hawaii and concentrating on her current term in office.
Last night, in a one-on-one sitdown with our own Richard Borreca on PBS’ Island Insights, Lingle finally gave us a hint that she may consider a future in island politics once her term ends in December.
In response to a question from “Mike from Kaneohe” about whether she sees herself as a future senator for Hawaii, Lingle responded:
Well, I think it’s a little premature, but I certainly want to do something that continues to contribute to our state. I don’t think there’s another place like Hawaii on Earth, and I certainly want to continue to be a part of our future.
So it’s something I would consider, but not something on my mind right now.
Follow-up question from Borreca: What would cause you to run in 2012?
You know, politics is a matter of issues at the time, how people are viewing things at the time. I was a mayor, I was a council member and sometimes it just — it depends on the issues you bring to them.
I do believe it’s critically important that Hawaii have a more balanced political representation in their Congressional delegation and in our state Legislature. I think the people of Hawaii would get much better results, better decisions out of the Legislature if you had a more diverse mix.
Right now you tend to have an overwhelming number of Democrats, and so the public is really kind of shut out a lot of what’s going on.
(Transcript of remarks provided by the governor’s office.)