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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, November 7, 2002

Energized Lingle reaps first rewards of victory

 •  Naming top-level posts among Lingle's first steps

With Lingle win, school board debate to resurface

 •  Analysis: Sturdy campaign worked for Lingle
 •  Women set record, with six as governors
 •  Legislature's Democrats willing to hear Lingle out
 •  Attack ads, GOP effort were factors in turnout, experts say
 •  Hirono thanks staff, ponders next move
 •  Mink victory spawns growing field of hopefuls
 •  Inouye, Akaka must give up posts
 •  City Council to get fresh start
 •  Arakawa's upset win in Maui mayoral race crowned GOP sweep
 •  For election results, see our Voter's Guide

By Dan Nakaso
Advertiser Staff Writer

Linda Lingle's first day after being elected Hawai'i's first female governor and the first Republican in 40 years began on less than four hours of sleep, and included a congratulatory call from President Bush.

Governor-elect Linda Lingle shows off the Wednesday morning edition of The Advertiser that declares her the winner of the race. Supporters Gae Bergquist-Trommald, left, and Roland Lagareta celebrate at her Ala Moana headquarters, where she stayed until 3 a.m. yesterday.

Eugene Tanner • The Honolulu Advertiser

There were no public gatherings, but plenty of telephone calls from local supporters and a conference call with other Republican governors and governors-elect around the country.

Lingle left the celebration at her Ala Moana headquarters around 3 a.m. The work day began at 7 a.m. without her usual pool swim. Sometime after 10:30 a.m., Lingle got a telephone call from Bush that lasted seven to 10 minutes.

They talked about the political races around the country and the fact that a female Republican had won in Hawai'i, said her spokesman, Lenny Klompus.

"They talked about her agenda for change and how supportive Washington will be," he said.

Lingle thanked her staff and met with top campaign officials to begin the transition of power from Democratic to Republican administrations. Bob Awana, Lingle's campaign manager and interim head of the transition team, got a call from a member of Gov. Ben Cayetano's administration to begin working out the details.

There were no congratulatory calls from Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono, whom Lingle beat in the governor's race, Klompus said.

As volunteers swept up remains of the party from the night before and staff members sagged with fatigue, Lingle remained energized, Klompus said.

"She's excited, really looking forward to doing all the things she wants to do. She really believes this is a new day."

Reach Dan Nakaso at dnakaso@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8085.