By Derrick DePledge
Former Gov. Linda Lingle is scheduled to give the keynote address Tuesday evening at the state GOP's annual Lincoln Day dinner.
While Lingle is the state party's most prominent Republican, some rank-and-file Republicans are grousing that the party did not come up with another speaker. Lingle was badly beaten by U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, in November.
Willes Lee, a former state party chairman, had this entry on the Lincoln Day dinner in a recent email blast to conservatives, referring to party chairman David Chang, RNC woman Miriam Hellreich, and RNC man Ted Liu:
C/H/L couldn't get a speaker. Lee (UT Senate) was here with GRIH. Kibbe (FreedomWorks) was here last week. I helped bring Keene (NRA President) for the FNRA dinner. Reader "[Chang] brags that he was able to convince GWB to go to South Korea..but the best he can do for our Lincoln Dinner is Lingle." Why would HRP ask Lingle? Why would she accept? If not someone we care to see, why not a contender for Governor or US Senate? Lingle "I remain hopeful about the future because of the emergence of new, young and dynamic leadership at the Hawai'i Republican Party and in the State Legislature." I believe her, just like when she said that she was tied with Hirono.