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.