Governor issues statement over Inouye letterUPDATED 11:33 PM HST Apr 14, 2014Video Transcript
surprising statement, questioning the authenticity of the death bed letter from Senator Daniel Inouye. Good evening I'm Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji De Nies. In that letter, Inouye asked that Colleen Hanabusa be named his successor. Just hours ago, Governor now apologizing, for the words the Senator's widow, calls hurtful. On the day Senator Daniel Inouye died, an emotional Governor Neil Abercrombie, shared one last thought from the Senator. HE MADE CLEAR TO ME IN A COMMUNICATION OF HIS LOVE AND AFFECTION FOR US ALL. The Governor did not publicly share another message from Senator Inouye - the now famous death bed letter, asking him to appoint Colleen Hanabusa in his place in Washington. Abercromie chose then Lt., Governor Brian Schatz instead. In an article today, the Governor tells the L.A. times GFX "I received that letter, ostensibly coming from the Senator. Inouye, himself, a half an hour before he died in Washington D.C. Literally." "Whether or not this could be construed as Senator Inouye's dying wish---let me put it this way is problematic." "I think it was kind of created," This afternoon, we caught up with him. I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE LETTER. IT CAME IT WAS MARKED PERSONAL. I READ IT AND I ABSORBED IT AND THOSE WHO PUT IT TOGETHER I THINK HAVE TO ANSWER ABOUT THE LETTER. THE GOVERNOR'S COMMENTS BOUT DAN'S WISHES ARE VERY HURTFUL. TO QUESTION THE LETTER AND THE AUTHENTICITY OF DAN'S LAST WISHES IS CERTAINLY DISRESPECTFUL TO DAN, TO ME, AND TO HIS FAMILY FRIEDS AND FORMER STAFF Tonight, the Governor issued an apology, saying in part, " "I regret that my comments were interpreted as hurtful and disrespectful... Sen. Inouye was, without a doubt, one of the finest leaders in Hawaii's history, and a mentor to me." Senator Brian Schatz today released a brief statement saying " I do not question the authenticity of Senator Inouye's Letter."