By BJ Reyes
One of the state's top Republicans says the party needs to study and try to emulate the winning formula of former Gov. Linda Lingle, who became Hawaii's first GOP governor since statehood when she was elected in 2002 and 2006.
In her report submitted to the state committee, Hawaii Republican National Committeewoman Miriam Hellreich urged her fellow party members to reconnect with voters.
An excerpt from her report, released Thursday:
While we fell short of victory in many of our local races, we need to as a party to recommit ourselves NOW to the grassroots effort to identify, register new voters, and to begin fundraising programs that will be necessary to produce victories two years from now and beyond. The RNC 365 Days Per Year Model for victory cannot be overlooked. We cannot relax after elections and expect to wait a year before preparing for elections. We need boots on the ground, community service projects and voter programs throughout the year.
The Linda Lingle path to victory, which began shortly after the 1998 gubernatorial loss and extended to 2002 when she was elected the First Republican Governor since statehood, has to be evaluated and emulated. Republicans can be elected in our state if we recruit district and precinct workers who are willing to put in the work in their districts and precincts that is needed to “out vote” the opposition. It was done in 2002 and 2006 and it can be done again. Many may forget that in 2006 our Republican Governor and Lt. Governor won every single district in our state.
The full report can be viewed below.