Political Radar

`Rogue and arbitrary'

April 5th, 2013

Daniel Mollway, the former executive director of the state Ethics Commission, has urged the commission to fire Leslie Kondo, the current executive director, for allegedly operating in a "rogue and arbitrary fashion."

In a March 27 letter to the commission, Mollway faults Kondo for publicly suggesting that a former member of a state mortgage foreclosure task force has violated the ethics law when no formal case has ever been brought before the commission.

The mortgage foreclosure task force member -- Marvin Dang, an attorney and lobbyist -- has been locked in a lengthy battle with Kondo after Kondo pronounced in 2011 that task force members are state employees subject to the ethics code. Kondo determined that task force members were thus unable to lobby for pay on task-force related matters before the Legislature.

Kondo's view was seen as an overreach by some lawmakers, who in 2012 changed the law to exempt task force members from some provisions of the ethics code. A bill this year -- which Kondo opposes and alleges is only for Dang -- would apply the exemption retroactively to the mortgage foreclosure task force and others in existence by June 2010.

Mollway, in his letter, says Kondo "is interested more in self-aggrandizement and public accolades than due process, and carrying out his duties as executive director in accordance with the law. This may make for great press, but it is wrong."

Mollway himself was fired by the Ethics Commission in 2010 after 24 years as executive director. The commission cited an investigative report critical of his work habits and management style.

The Ethics Commission on Wednesday will consider Mollway's request that Kondo be fired.

6 Responses to “`Rogue and arbitrary'”

  1. Manoa Kahuna:

    It's interesting that someone fired for not doing their job is criticizing someone for doing theirs exceptionally well.

  2. innocent observer:

    a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. mollway was beholden to lobbyists and special interests and was not doing his job. he lacks more ethics than kondo. he should give it up, he had his chance and failed miserably and was fired for lack of ethical conduct.

  3. Andy Parx:

    This is finally it. I am fed up with Mollway and have held my tongue through all those years as he molly-coddled pols and let ethics in Hawai`i politics hit rock bottom. I blame HIM for the state of ethics and conflicts of interest in the islands. Les Kondo gets people p'ed off wherever he goes because he has the temerity to try to enforce the ethics laws on the books- something which Dan never did but rather looked for "compliance" - a way that offenders can weasel out of what they're doing over and over with no punishment. And now he sides with those who think it's okay for a lobbyist to sit on an advisory board. Sheesh, as Doug used to say.

  4. Dan Mollway:

    Mr. DePledge: To be clear, no reason was given by the Commission regarding my termination in its motion to terminate me. I was not terminated for cause. If I had been terminated for cause, I would not have received unemployment insurance benefits, which I did, after the State's unemployment insurance office checked with the Commission after my termination, and determined that I should receive unemployment insurance benefits. The so-called "investigation" was done by only two commissioners--not a quorum--in accordance with the Sunshine law. I left the state with a substantial amount of unused vacation and sick leave, which I received credit for, from the State. Chair Sullivan wrote to me on April 30, 2010, that there was no issue with my sick leave, which she approved, along with all of my vacation leave. Accusations about my shortcomings are simply a matter of personal opinion. The Commission never afforded me an opportunity to address any accusations (or the people who made them), which were all anonymous, with details cloaked to hide the accuser. I think the commenters comments above should focus on the documented issues I raise in my letter to the Commission, and not on unsubstantiated generalities.

  5. Political Radar | Confidence | Political Radar | staradvertiser.com | Honolulu, Hawaii:

    [...] The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday gave Leslie Kondo, its executive director, a vote of confidence after the commission’s former executive director asked that he be fired. [...]

  6. Goober:

    Hawaii like America run by those without breath
    have no Ethics.

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