By B.J. Reyes
With questions still swirling as to whether he would become the last of the Big Island’s three state senators plucked for jobs in the new administration of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Sen. Josh Green says he is “honored” to be where he is, with no mention of looking for a new job.
Green, an emergency room physician from Kona, has been talked about as one of administration’s potential candidates for the job of state health director, one of only two Cabinet posts the governor has yet to fill.
In a statement e-mailed today to supporters and constituents, Green appears to distance himself from the position.
The full statement:
I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee in the
upcoming legislative session.
I remain committed to strengthening healthcare in Hawaii and I will do
everything I can to make sure that we have the best, most accessible system
in the nation.
As Chairman, I will pursue the priorities that people statewide have
indicated are the most important to them:
1. tougher DUI penalties to prevent drunk driving tragedies
2. keeping doctors and nurses in Hawaii with loan repayment programs
3. strengthening Hawaii’s hospital system and healthcare safety net
For West Hawaii, I will be fighting for a new courthouse, an upgrade to our
emergency medical infrastructure, harbor improvements, repair of our aging
park facilities, and better access to healthcare, especially drug and
While the role of Chairman comes with added responsibility, it also provides
a greater opportunity to stand up for West Hawaii and the entire Big Island
in the coming years on the issues that matter most to our families.
Please contact me anytime with your ideas and concerns. Let’s keep working
together to make the Big Island and all of Hawaii a better place to live.
From my family to yours, have a happy and safe holiday season and a great