The former head of Hawaii’s Republican Party says Governor Neil Abercrombie hurt himself by angering the state’s large Asian American voting population and underestimating the old guard of the Democratic Party.
Abercrombie was trounced in this weekend’s primary by State Senator David Ige 67% to 31%.
David Chang, the former chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, wrote in the Daily Caller, that Abercrombie “inflamed the state’s largest voting bloc, Asian Americans.”
Chang wasn’t specific about how Abercromibie upset Asian Americans, but the Governor set off a firestorm when he questioned the legitimacy of a letter Senator Daniel Inouye wrote 30 minutes before his death asking the governor to appoint Colleen Hanabusa to replace him. The Governor instead chose Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz.
Just 1635 votes separate Schatz from Hanabusa in the primary and the final results aren’t expected until all the absentee ballots are tallied.
“In the end, his self-inflicted wounds were his own undoing,” wrote Chang. “Abercrombie’s antagonistic ways pushed aside the very voters he needed. The vote for Ige was a vote against Abercrombie.”