ANGELS!!!  John Mizuno is being considered as head of DHS (Department of Human Services).  This is GREAT news because he is 100% aware of what DHS does to assist renegade judges in the Family Court.  Please read the article below and then link over to Abercrombie's website and send an email in favor of John Mizuno. 

Website: NewDayHawaii.org

Well-Known Politicians In Running To Head Departments

HONOLULU -- Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie is looking for a cabinet and top officials to join his administration.

KITV 4 News has learned the names of some well-known politicians being mentioned as possible department heads and others who have ruled out joining the Abercrombie administration.

Abercrombie has about 42 department heads, deputies and other top officials' jobs to fill plus dozens more who work throughout the state bureaucracy, from Washington Place to the Office of Collective Bargaining. There are 16 state departments plus the governor and lieutenant governor's office.

Asked if any of the jobs are filled yet, he said, "No, no, honestly, this is wide open."
He set a deadline of Nov. 15 for people to file applications to work in his administration:
"To literally give everybody an opportunity to come into the picture who thinks they may have something to provide for the state in terms of personnel, possible positions for themselves and/or advice and counsel, possible as to the direction they think we should go," Abercrombie said Tuesday during a news conference at his Ward Warehouse campaign headquarters.

Abercrombie announced the launch of his transition website, NewDayHawaii.org, through which people can apply for jobs in his administration.
Transition Website

Attorney Bill Kaneko, who served as Abercrombie's campaign manager, has been named transition director. Kaneko is expected to become Abercrombie's chief of staff, senior policy adviser or some other top post in the governor's office, campaign insiders said.

Sources told KITV 4 News that Big Island Democratic State Sen. Josh Green has applied for the state health director's position. Green is an emergency room doctor who's vice chair of the Senate health committee. He's considered by some Democratic party insiders to be a rising political star.
Kaneohe State Senator Clayton Hee, also a Democrat, is being mentioned as a potential director for either the state Department of Land and Natural Resources or the Department of Hawaiian Homelands. Hee is a former chairman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees.

He and Abercrombie served in the legislature together in the 1980s and Hee is one of the few legislators remaining in office who's a contemporary of the incoming governor.

Reached for comment early Thursday night, Hee said: "I'm interested in helping Neil be the best governor in whatever capacity. Right now, my focus is re-organizing the Senate," a process underway following the election to Congress of Senate president Colleen Hanabusa.
"I'll serve Neil to the extent he needs me," Hee said. "That service may be in the Senate. Who knows?"

Late Thursday night, State Senate Democrats announced they had reorganized and elected Maui State Sen. Shan Tsutsui as president to replace Hanabusa.

If either Green or Hee or both men become department heads, their departures from the Senate would create two more vacancies there in addition to Hanabusa's.

Sources at the state capitol also named State Representative Jon Mizuno as someone who might become director of the department of human services, overseeing welfare programs and other aid for the poor. Mizuno, a Democrat representing Kalihi Valley, chairs the state house human services committee and has fought against budget cuts to social services.

Former governor Ben Cayetano, who's been rumored as a potential attorney general for Abercrombie, ruled that out Thursday night, telling KITV 4 News he's retired and has not been asked about the position.

Former congressman Ed Case said, "Because I have not ruled out seeking elective office again, I believe it's best for me to rule out an administration position, because of a potential appearance of conflict between my loyalties to Neil's administration and my possible political future." Case, an attorney, came in third in a special Congressional election in May.

Asked if there would be any Republicans in his cabinet, Abercrombie said, "It's immaterial to me. We want the best possible people to do the best possible job. And we mean that sincerely, and that's never been a consideration with me."

One person familiar with Abercrombie's transition who asked not to be identified said, "Neil is interested in finding people within the departments who really understand government instead of being political operatives. These are people who've been immersed in the subject matter for years, like division chiefs and administrative services officers."

A transition office will open in the state capitol shortly, Abercrombie said.

The state has $50,000 to spend on the gubernatorial transition, according to Russell Pang, spokesman for Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican. He said the governor's office proposed $100,000 be allocated to the transition, as called for by state law, but the legislature reduced that amount by half. The transition money is spent on the inauguration as well as mailing, printing, binding and other expenses.

Abercrombie will be sworn in as governor at 12 p.m. on Dec. 6. He said he will go to Washington D.C. along with other new governors to meet with President Barack Obama in early December, before Abercrombie is inaugurated.

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