Brian Schatz’s biggest 2014 headache? The governor who appointed him
by Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, April 15, 2014 (excerpt)
...in casting a fresh spotlight on how Schatz was sent to the Senate, Abercrombie has threatened to overshadow his record there. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times last week, the governor questioned whether Inouye actually dispatched a letter to the governor just before his death requesting that Hanabusa succeed him in the upper chamber.
"I received that letter, ostensibly coming from Sen. Inouye himself, a half an hour before he died in Washington, D.C. Literally," Abercrombie told the Times. "Whether or not this could be construed as Sen. Inouye’s dying wish — let me put it this way — is problematic."
The campaign of Hanabusa, who is running against Schatz in the Democratic primary, insisted that Inouye dictated the note. Abercrombie apologized for his comment on Monday. And Schatz distanced himself from Abercrombie, telling the Washington Post in a statement, "I do not question the authenticity of Senator Inouye’s letter."
It wasn't the first time Schatz was forced to put some daylight between himself and his former boss. Schatz recently said he did not agree with Abercrombie's expressed belief in an interview with The Post's Philip Rucker last year that Hanabusa, 62, is too old to build the kind of seniority Inouye built over many decades in Congress....
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Flashback , July, 2013: Neil Abercrombie Conspiracy Theory Claims Inouye Letter Conspiracy