Hawaii held the last primary of the 2010 election season on Saturday. You remember that the current Governor, (twice-married, twice-divorced) Linda Lingle, vetoed the state’s civil unions bill earlier this year.
The contested Democratic primary was a battle between Neil Abercrombie, who would sign the civil unions bill, and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who wouldn’t. The headline from the Star-Advertiser said it all: Blowout: Abercrombie to face Aiona after trouncing Hannemann. Abercrombie won by a 60% – 38% margin. There was this tidbit in the article:
With little to separate them on public-policy issues — their most substantive difference was over civil unions — they made the primary about leadership ability. Abercrombie said he would be an agent of change against the status quo; Hannemann said he would be a consensus builder who could get things done.
The GOP candidate, Aiona, isn’t on our side, so there’s a clear choice in November.