He said that while speculation is inevitable, he is not influenced one way or the other by a potential nominee’s political status.
During the campaign, there was buzz that state Sen. Clayton Hee (D-Kaneohe, Kahuku), a longtime ally, would be chosen as the director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Abercrombie even took the unusual step of telling the Star-Advertiser’s editorial board that Hee would not get the nomination. (William Aila, Jr., the Waianae harbormaster, was picked to lead DLNR today.)
From the governor-elect:
Sen. Hee’s name was mentioned over and over again to me all through the campaign for various positions, which probably destroyed any chance he has of ever getting anywhere.
I was just kidding with somebody the other day. They said, `Well, Clayton Hee is going to be the head of DLNR.’ And I said, `Well, he can’t. He’s going to be the head of agriculture.’
And I said, `Of course I could make him head of both departments.’ And they said, `Well, how can you do that?’
I said, `I’ll have to ask Attorney General Cayetano.’