“I look forward to working with her in the next legislative session. I appreciate and thank all the candidates who stepped forward to be considered for this position.”
What she didn’t say:
Let’s forget for the moment that the Honolulu Star-Bulletin recently revealed that Lingle approved Harbin even though she owes $125,000 in unpaid state income taxes and has a misdemeanor criminal record (she got a six-month suspended sentence in 1987 for passing three bad checks). State law required Lingle to appoint someone from the same side of the aisle as Hiraki, which meant a Democrat. But here, Lingle outdid even herself, appointing someone who joined the state Democratic Party a mere three days after Hiraki announced his resignation.