Neil Abercrombie, Agent of Transition
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.