Sunday, October 09, 2011


Yesterday Returns

By Henry Curtis

New Day becomes Yesterday as old guard replace young turks

Four key young turks forced out by the old guard.

Chief of Staff Amy Asselbaye
Deputy Chief of Staff Andrew Aoki
Communications Director Josh Levinson
Deputy Communications Director Laurie Au

Governor Abercrombie leaves town as old guard reclaim their positions of power

Do you leave on vacation when your house is on fire and the people you will be visiting are coming to town in a few weeks? Those wishing to invest in Hawai`i will be attending APEC Hawaii 2011 in October & November. Why is he spending our money to leave town when we are in an economic and governance crises?

The Governor's Website: Governor Abercrombie Staff & Cabinet

Office of the Governor

Executive Administration
Amy Asselbaye, Chief of Staff
Andrew Aoki, Deputy Chief of Staff

Kathleen Chapman, Executive Assistant to Governor
Vicki Borges, Scheduler
Kate Stanley, Senior Advisor to the Governor
Marvin Wong, Special Assistant to the Governor for Special Projects
Tim McBroom, Special Assistant to the Governor
Donna Hoshide, Protocol Officer
 Larissa Kick, Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff & Deputy Chief of Staff

Josh Levinson, Director of Communications
Laurie Au, Deputy Director of Communications

Donalyn Dela Cruz, Press Secretary
Mark Wolf, New Media Director

Wendy Clerinx, Director of Policy
Beth Giesting, Healthcare Transformation Coordinator
Terry Lock, Early Childhood Coordinator
Michael Ng, Policy Analyst
Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Policy Analyst
Debbie Shimizu, Legislative Coordinator
Tom Tsang, Senior Health Advisor

Last December David Shapiro wrote "Youth movement's fresh legs to carry Abercrombie's agenda"Four of his initial Cabinet appointees are in their early 40s -- Sunshine Topping, 40, at Human Resources Development; Kalbert Young, 41, at Budget and Finance; Alapaki Nahale-a, 42, at Hawaiian Home Lands; and Jodie Maesaka-Hirata, 44, at Public Safety. ...Abercrombie's chief of staff, Amy Asselbaye, is 40, and her deputy, Andrew Aoki, is 41.  The new governor's communications team is Josh Levinson, 34, Laurie Au, 26, and Donalyn Dela Cruz, 35. ...It's to Abercrombie's credit that he seems committed to opening the door to a new generation  and giving more seats at the table to those who will have to live with the decisions made today."

Now over half of them are gone.

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