Political Radar


March 20th, 2014

The Hawaii Republican Party officially elected former U.S. Rep. Pat Saiki as its leader Wednesday evening after the Hawaii Republican Assembly sent out an alert Tuesday questioning whether she was the right one for the job.

The HIRA email characterized Saiki as a committed liberal who supports union organizing, gay marriage and abortion.

"She didn't play any role in fighting gay marriage in 2013 or civil unions in 2010," the email states. "From abortion and 'equal rights' to big, big government, Pat Saiki hasn't displayed a desire to bring down the Democrat's political machine in Hawaii politics. Also, Saiki personally brought legalized abortion to Hawaii. Using her position as a Republican leader, Pat Saiki made it a high priority to ensure the genocide of unborn babies."

HIRA said Saiki was the first woman in the Hawaii state legislature to support abortion rights and pushed for Hawaii to be the first state to legalize abortion, three years ahead of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

"Having a ‘unified’ Republican Party here in Hawaii would be great," the email states. "The question is whether or not to 'unify' around bad leaders, bad strategy, bad ideology, and bad policies . . . especially if we’re expected to unify around the same people who have been responsible for gross mismanagement of HRP for decades now, including Pat Saiki."

The party tapped Saiki as its leader in a 37-8 vote. She stands to serve until May 2015.

Previous chairman David Chang resigned last week to focus on military and business commitments.

-Sarah Zoellick

16 Responses to “HIRA”

  1. nonpolitic:

    It's refreshing to see that both of the largest organized political parties in the state are manifestly dysfunctional. It makes for interesting political theater. Maybe now people will actually get out and vote . . . I'm not holding my breath though.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    Define republican.
    GOP or tea party or ?

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Wow, Republican cannibalism. Whoda thunk it? Then again, is anyone remotely surprised?

  4. Eric Ryan:

    Saiki is a liberal who failed to improve the standing of the Republican Party in the 1980's (back when Duran Duran and Bon Jovi ruled the pop charts). You don't have to look much further than Linda Lingle's spectacular 25 point loss to Mazie Hirono in 2012 to realize that millions of dollars combined with a liberal "bipartisan" political message is a recipe for disaster for Republicans in Hawaii. A choice between actual Democrats and Democrat Light is not a choice at all. Plus, Saiki will still be surrounded by 99% of the same party leaders that have been in place before the deck chairs on the Titanic were rearranged yesterday. So, the Hawaii Republican Party is poised for disaster in 2014, despite Saiki's explicit promise to desperate party officials yesterday that she would provide Sam Slom with EIGHT new state senators in 2014 and provide Aaron Johanson with TEN additional state house members. THAT'S QUITE A MASSIVE PROMISE TO MAKE IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING MADE PARTY CHAIR. We'll see. NOTE: Saiki's sad predecessor David Chang (a.k.a. Beth Fukumoto's husband) ACTUALLY gave the all-time, most obvious cover story for being fired from his position: "to spend more time with his family". It's true. Read the Star-Advertiser article. With Chang having run for party chair only a few months ago for the very position he just vacated, there's NO WAY that a part-time employee of the U.S. military would have run for a 2-year chairmanship without checking his schedule for potential conflicts. Plus, he has spent a LOT of time traveling during his time warming the seat of party chair and doing absolutely nothing. So the cover story devised by Saiki supporters for why she needed to suddenly take over is completely inoperative. But none of that matters, since HRP's leadership might as well hibernate until after the election. Stick a fork in the current party. It's done.

  5. JKJones:

    Republican Party here in Hawai'i? Where? Sounds like an Elvis sighting...

  6. Especially Incognito:

    If surprised, This is an Island,
    situated far from the main centers of population; distant.

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    Pass the Sriracha. Or something stronger. It'll take a lot to mask the taste of burnt flesh.

  8. WestSideTory:

    Insanity - Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

    Once again the lemmings of the Republican Party have been mezmorized into believing that you must forego your principles and refrain from distinguishing yourself from the other party in order win elections. As if that has worked for the last two election cycles.

    "To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects." Margaret Thatcher

  9. Kolea:

    I suppose it is possible Pat Saiki, a former Republican congresswoman elected from Democratic-leaning Honolulu might not know as much as an experienced campaign operative like Eric Ryan, who helped lead John Carroll's successful campaign.

    I understand Tito Montes and the would-be firebrands at HIRA are itching for the excitement of the mainland Tea Party, which has largely failed to catch fire here in Hawaii. Except maybe for the mob activity at the Capitol during the special session. So I forgive them their desire for some ACTION and theatrics.

    What the heck? More power to them. They should run hard right candidates against as many incumbents OR EITHER PARTY, egged on by the strategic genius of Eric Ryan and Andrew Walden. Open season on RINOs and DINOs alike. Then, at the end of the season, we can measure the success of the HIRA, Eric and Andrew. And maybe, just maybe, they will learn to be a little more respectful of Pat Saiki's wisdom.

    Nah, nah. Just joking.

  10. Eric Ryan:

    Kolea, you make so many factual errors that it's no wonder you hide behind a pseudonym. I'd point them out to you, but your nose is so far up Pat Saiki's okole that your ears are covered by her wisdom-filled, uh, cheeks.

  11. Guido Sarducci:

    "To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects." Margaret Thatcher

    So why does HIRA focus on winning consensus--ie reforming the GOP platform--instead of recruiting HIRA-oriented candidates and running them for office as Republicans?

    If they were to win a few elections, they would quickly take over the Hawaii GOP. Apparently they have no faith in their own ability to win in the public arena. Actions speak louder than words.

  12. Kolea:

    So Eric Ryan and his HIRA ideological allies think they know how to win elections. Their focus of activity is within the Republican Party. So a vote was held for a new chair and they get trounced 37-8. Which suggests they are pretty junk at rounding up votes and disqualified for the leadership they crave.

    I mean, is this even controversial? For would-be firebrands, they are pretty dim bulbs.

  13. Especially Incognito:

    "Soylent Green"....I think they re-colored
    Soylent crackers red or blue.

    I don't think it is its nose.
    More like genious....

  14. Sayer:

    Looks like the Republican party continues to execute its own painful decline.

  15. flying1431:

    Saiki might actually be the chair that wins a few seats for the GOP. They young bucks before her, (Jonah and David) could not get the job done so time for the "old guard" to step in and set the pace. Don't be surprised if Pat has one or two tricks up her sleeve to win some races for the GOP.

  16. Especially Incognito:

    Blame onion bulbs for the failing of
    our economy in Hawaii.
    A business closes and union reps can do nothing.

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