Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie to name Sen. Inouye successor Wednesday
CBS News reports that a Democratic source says the governor wants to appoint a successor quickly so that a new Hawaii senator can take part in possible votes over a deficit deal to avoid January’s “fiscal cliff.”
Inouye, a nine-term senator and strong LGBT ally, died last week at the age of 88. He was laid to rest on Sunday at a service in Hawaii, attended by President Obama and fellow senators.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday urged Abercrombie to appoint a replacement with “due haste.”
On Wednesday, each of the applicants will speak to leaders of the state Democratic party, and the chairman will present Abercrombie a list of the party’s top three applicants. The source says Abercrombie intends to name his appointment later that day.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 8:52 AM