The Hawaii Republican Party on Thursday suggested that Gov. Neil Abercrombie would attempt to bully the state House into a special session on gay marriage.
The governor is expected to meet on Friday morning with House Democrats, who have sent mixed signals about the level of support for a special session. Six of seven House Republicans, meanwhile, oppose gay marriage.
The state GOP claims the governor put similar pressure on House lawmakers earlier this year on a constitutional amendment on early childhood education. But several House lawmakers said at the time, and the governor appeared to concede, that his personal lobbying did not make the difference in the vote.
From the Republicans:
Governor Abercrombie’s insistence on this special session despite reports of uncertain support in the House of Representatives is typical of this governor who has tried to ramrod his agenda through the legislature in the past.
Just a few months ago, Abercrombie sat in the gallery of the state house and watched another of his signature measures pass with the required 2/3 of the vote after Democrat representatives converted their votes reluctantly from noes to ayes to ensure its passage and the good will of the governor. The change of votes took place only after a House Democrat meeting with Governor Abercrombie.
Clearly, Abercrombie assumes he can once again force his agenda through the legislature by bullying the representatives in his own party. This type of behavior does nothing to calm public concern that a special session will be used to curb public involvement and stifle input on this important topic and quite frankly, the people of Hawaii deserve better.