Neil Abercrombie, Agent of Transition

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Within just 24 hours, Neil Abercrombie sent Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate and Shan Tsutsui to the fifth floor of the state Capitol.

Put another way, a 74-year-old man just elevated a 40-year-old and a 41-year-old, respectively, to greater political power. And the governor knows it.

"There is a transition taking place," he said, adding that Hawaii voters sent Tulsi Gabbard, 31, to the U.S. House of Representatives. "A 21st century transition."

The governor compared the transition with the so-called "1954 revolution," when Hawaii Democrats wrested control of the Territorial Legislature from Republicans. Dan Inouye, then a young man, was part of that transition, said Abercrombie.

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