Same Sex Marriage Probably Unseated Hawaii's Democratic Governor

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Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie is claiming he lost his re-election bid in the state's Democratic primary due to crossover Republican voters trying to punish him because of his administration's decision to support and pass same-sex marriage in the state.


Hawaii has an open primary system, which allows voters who identify with one party to vote in the primary of another party. The Governor claims that conservative religious leaders saw his primary challenge Senator David Ige as easier to defeat in the general election. Although Ige supported the legislation in the special session called by Abercrombie, the biggest concern by religious conservatives seemed to be the haste with which the Governor insisted on getting marriage equality passed in the state.

According to the Associated Press, Abercrombie told a group of reporters in his office regardless of the consequences of his actions, he does not regret calling the special session or moving to pass the legislation.

There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity.


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He deserved his ousting, and it wasn't because of some conservative plot to punish him. We did this to him, and he deserved it. I voted for him when he ran for governor, and I voted against him in this last primary.

He ran on a progressive platform, highlighted all the ways he wasn't like Bush's old favorite governor, Linda Lingle. Hawaiians were damn right sick of her and her neoconservatism and religious right bullshit.

Then what does he do when he gets elected? He attacks the unions. He tries to tax senior pensions. He tried to use taxpayer money to pay for expensive, private charter schools without actually making any of those schools adhere to federal anti-discrimination law for admissions (which in a 70% non-white state... yah).

Then finally he ignored the deathbed wishes of Hawaii's favorite senator about his successor, who is also a popular politician. Hawaiians wanted to see Colleen take his seat and hold it as long as he had. But Abercrombie appointed his little lackey nobody likes to the seat instead.

After all that, it would have taken a miracle for him to win the primary. And not one ounce of it had to do with any conservative plots. It happened because he acted like a conservative.