Dear Neil

December 18th, 2012

In his one of his last acts, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, sent a personal letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday informing the governor that he would not be able to complete his ninth six-year term in the Senate and recommending U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor.

Inouye’s office released the letter on Tuesday.

Dear Neil,

Since 1959, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Hawaii and our nation as a member of the U.S. Congress. I have been fortunate to be a part of Hawaìi’s history and growth over these many years. People haye asked me how I want to be remembered, and I say very simply, that I represented the people of Hawaii honestly and to the best of my abilities. I think I did okay.

It is with much sadness that I share with you, that I will not be able to complete my ninth term in the United States Senate. While I understand that selecting someone to serve out the remainder of my term is fully your responsibility, I respectfully request that U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa succeed me, and continue the work, together with Mazie, on behalf of Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. Colleen possesses the intellect, presence and legislative skill to succeed in the Senate. I have no doubt that she will represent Hawaii with the same fervor and commitment that I brought to the Senate chamber since 1962.

I hope you will grant me my last wish. God Bless the people of Hawaii and God Bless the United States of America.


United States Senator

7 Responses to “Dear Neil”

  1. myviewtoo:

    If his last wish is not granted, it would be a shame, and gov. abercrombie will not be able to look in the mirror ever again. Inouye’s family and staff will be very disappointed and many other people. out of respect to Senator Inouye, his last wish should be granted, it is only proper and the right thing to do.

  2. David S. Nishimura:

    Here’s a good case and time for “Case’s” name to be submitted.

  3. Eric Ryan:

    Every politician should be able to handpick his or her successor. Not!

  4. Gary:

    Sen. Inouye worked with Hanabusa and probably respected her capabilities as a legislator. He also worked with Case but disagreed with him over issues and style. Since the senator had four years remaining for his term of office, his recommendation should be respected. Besides, Case has not won an election himself in his last three tries; why should he be handed this one?

  5. charles:

    If you support Colleen, respecting the senator’s last wish is a given. If you don’t support Colleen, it’s another story.

  6. charles:

    Oh, and it’s puzzling why a “personal” letter from Inouye was released to the public. Usually personal means from one person to another and not from one person to the whole world.

    And it’s Gov. Abercrombie not Gov. Aberrombie.

  7. Goober:

    Calvin Say should put his name as Candidate.
    He, if elected will have the last say over Souki
    and those dissidents who should belong in the Tea Party
    and not be Democrats. Go for it Say.
    Be optimistic.

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