Political Radar


July 3rd, 2013

Former state Rep. Marilyn Lee, the only incumbent House Democrat to fall to a Republican last year, says she plans to run again in 2014.

Lee and others have blamed her loss to Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R, Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio Acres) on outreach by conservative Christian groups that were critical of Lee. But the veteran Democrat narrowly escaped defeat to a political unknown in 2010, and the district changed demographically when it was redrawn after the census.

Fukumoto has said that minority House Republicans, who joined with progressive Democrats in House Speaker Joseph Souki's leadership coalition, helped prevent same-sex marriage last session. Lee said she will not hide her support for same-sex marriage in her campaign.

"I will run again next year, and I will be up front about my support for same sex unions," Lee said in an email. "After all, who wants to go up against the march of history, or against what is the right thing to do."

9 Responses to “HD36”

  1. Auto de Fe:

    'The March of History'?
    In the entire history of the human race there has never been gay marriage. Not on any continent or island, not in any tribe, kingdom, or republic. Not in any religion or irreligion. Marriage has always been between male and female until the Broken Trust Hawaii Supreme Court took a break from its primary function--facilitating the looting of Bishop Estate--and invented gay marriage out of thin air in 1993. Then they went back to looting for 6 more years until the IRS shut down their racket.

  2. Sayer:

    Good for her - if at first you don't succeed, try again.

  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    It speaks poorly that the Democratic Party has only a limited pool of possible candidate when they have to resurrect a defeated, elderly politician to take on a republican.

  4. Goober:

    Seems the republican party is depending on
    illegal immigrants to vote for them.

    History shows that gay meant a different
    meaning before it was taken over by those
    who sodomy swear by consenting to it meaning
    what it means today. Gay no longer means just carefree.

  5. Kolea:

    Marilyn Lee is a wonderful public servant, hardworking and cheerful, with an ability to get along well with her colleagues and constituents. I hope she wins re-election, but I worry that reapportionment built a district less favorable to her election than her old one.

    If Beth Fukumoto, the Republicans and the conservative churches want to make the 2014 election about their continuing opposition to marriage equality, bring it on. Throw in the national Republican efforts to restrict a woman's right to abortion as well. Please! That would bust up the current legislative coalition which is forcing the Hawaii Republicans to behave like civilized, intelligent humans, rather than the troglodyte knuckle-draggers their rightwing base WANTS them to be.

  6. Auto de Fe:

    Progressives four point program for your life:
    1 Abortion -- and if that fails
    2 legalized drugs
    3 gay marriage
    4 assisted suicide

  7. Goober:

    Sounds like a liberal having a hissy fit.

    Gays won't worry about abortions.
    Unless they impregnate.

  8. Kolea:

    Auto de Fe provides a good representation of the Republican view of "liberty." The national GOP thinks it has a winning strategy if it can get its Fox News retirees scared of uppity queers, women, youthful lust, potheads, swarthy minorities, Muslims and the New Black Panther Party.

    Some of them are fully aware undocumented workers are essential to the profits of agribusiness and other key sectors of the economy. So the GOP position on immigration reform is aimed at satisfying their largely racist base while protecting the profits of industrial agriculture. What is better at suppressing wages of workers than keeping them fearful of deportations? Keeps them from getting "uppity," too. And these fake "deficit hawks" threw in an addition $40 billion in contracts for "border security," most of which will go to their political cronies among military contractors.

    But the Hawaii GOP needs to tread lightly with the standard GOP racism if they want to make gains in Hawaii. So it does not figure prominently in local RepublicanSpeak. Instead, they have to rely upon the list provided here by their operative, Auto de Fe. Anti-reproductive rights, anti-gay, pro-the War on Drugs and denial of the right of terminally ill people to control their time of death.

    I guess "liberty" is restricted to gun owners and the wealthy. Good luck with THAT platform. See you in November 2014. I have no control over what happens on the Continent, but you will get your Ollie's handed to you here, unless the moderation embodied by Aaron Johansen trumps your rightwing instincts.

  9. Goober:

    Not having Kelly have the last say.

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