Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in campaign mode Thursday night at the first major fundraiser for his 2014 re-election, described his “A New Day in Hawaii” agenda as a “living, breathing organism.”
The Hawaii Democrat told donors at the Hilton Hawaiian Village that his administration has made strides by naming coordinators to work on information technology, the homeless, healthcare and early childhood education and hinted at a significant upcoming announcement on workforce housing.
Abercrombie suggested that he was not frustrated by the collective bargaining process and the contract fight with the Hawaii State Teachers Association. He praised the leaders of the United Public Workers — Dayton Nakanelua, UPW’s state director, attended the fundraiser — for working toward a settlement with the state.
The governor embraced his role as a cheerleader for Hawaii and dismissed naysayers.
“Aren’t you glad, you think, `Well, is the campaign underway already?’ Yes, because it is. It’s a campaign for confidence. That’s what it’s all about. And I know that’s easy to mock. I know you’d have people sit on the sidelines and they’d throw rocks at the people who are trying to get things done,” he said.
“We’re going to get things done because we love Hawaii.”
Abercrombie’s campaign advisers estimated the take for the fundraiser at about $850,000.