It’s the big day–Inauguration Day for Governor Abercrombie.
Neil’s come a very long way since his first run for Senate. He ran a smart and effective gubernatorial campaign by adopting the aura of Governor, not just running for the office but being what the governor should be–thoughtful, intellectual, weighty but approachable, sharp with words but easy with the smiles as well, reliant on an excellent team.
And I’ve been impressed so far by the cabinet that his political team has been putting together. These haven’t been your everyday appointments. There’s some real imagination here. Throwing William Aila into DLNR, Kealii Lopez into DCCA, and Russ Kokubun into the Dept of Ag certainly tickles my sense of “karma”, although I’m not getting my hopes up too high because bureaucratic inertia is such a ferocious foe.
I felt good about John Waihee’s election back in 1986, but then watched as insiders took more than their share of the spoils.
This morning I was up early to prowl my bookshelf for a copy of Molly Ivins essay, Texas Style Ethics. It’s essential reading for politicians who need to remember how easy it is to find yourself on the wrong side of the ethical tracks. Those lobbyists aren’t really your dear personal friends or, if they are, watch out!
Here’s the advice I would give to Neil, as it appears in Ivins’ essay:
One official with a colorful past felt so honored upon finding himself elected to statewide office that he called his staff together and said, “Boys, stealin’s out.”
So put the word out from Day 1: Stealin’s out. Then make it stick.
We’ll be watching.