Political Radar

SD 23

April 14th, 2014

State Rep. Richard Fale on Monday formally announced his Republican campaign for a Windward and North Shore state Senate seat.

Fale, a conservative who opposes gay marriage, hopes to take on state Sen. Clayton Hee, who helped pass a gay marriage bill in special session last year.

Fale, a Mormon, could draw significant support from the Mormon-dominated Laie portion of the district.

But Fale has to get through the GOP primary first.

Former state Rep. Colleen Meyer, a conservative, plans to run in the primary.

Meyer lost a close race to Hee in 2012.

11 Responses to “SD 23”

  1. Nala007:

    Glad to see there will be a Republican primary in the district. I totally support Senator Hee and have already made a generous donation to his re-election campaign before Fale announced that he was challenging Hee. If you're reading this Rep. Fale, I'm going to make another donation to Sen. Hee, this time in your honor just to acknowledge your immature, classless, and bullying conduct during the 2013 special legislative session.

  2. Bart Dame:

    If we are going to introduce the Mormon angle into the discussion, we might note Colleen Meyer is also a Mormon. And will the Mormon leadership, a very politically-engaged and purposeful organization, put out word to their members which Mormon they prefer?

    Fale was elected to the House under special circumstances. Because of our primary system, voters in his district had to choose whether to take a Democratic primary ballot, where they could vote in the Second Congressional race between Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard, or to forfeit that choice and vote in the district's Republican primary between Fale and the more moderate environmental candidate, Gil Riviere, also a Republican at the time.

    Most of the environmentally-inclined voters chose to vote to help Tulsi defeat Mufi, like most of the voters in the 2nd CD and Mufi was trounced as a result. Few of them had probably given much thought to the possibility Fale would beat Riviere as a result. This election, to avoid this trap, Riviere has switched parties to run as a Democrat, knowing he will have much stronger support in the General Election than in a Republican primary.

    BTW-- Protestant fundamentalist Joan Hood is hoping the conditions which allowed Fale to win will be replicated this year in Kailua, HD50. She is hoping most of Thielen's supporters will vote in the Democratic primary, as that allows them a voice in the major races: Schatz versus Hanabusa and Ige versus Abercrombie. If most of the reasonable voters abandon the GOP primary, Hood is hoping a disciplined minority of religious zealots, organized through the rightwing churches, can defeat the more moderate Cynthia Thielen. Thielen is nearly invincible in the General Election, when her widespread popularity in the district always gives her a strong majority. But if the question is left to only the most diehard conservative voters? She may suffer the same fate as Riviere.

    The Dems would be wise to have a credible candidate in reserve, pre-positioned. That candidate would be unlikely to defeat Thielen, but could probably defeat Hood, should she get the nomination, with little effort.

  3. Political Polly:

    Meyer is not a Mormon, she is a Catholic.

  4. zzzzzz:

    Bart, are you suggesting that our current primary system is flawed?

  5. Eric Ryan:

    Fale is a opportun-racist from the self-serving, faux Republican, Nonaka/Kaauwai wing of the party which perennially makes Republicans look bad (not to mention putting the party deep in debt for the past four years. I look forward to hosting a defeat party and watching the election returns when Fale and his ilk go down in flames.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    From behind "monkey bars"?

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    No one makes Republicans look worse than Eric Ryan, if that's what he is, with his incessant and viciously personal attacks on Irene Hirano Inouye, even in posts that have nothing to do with the subject of the Inouye/Hanabusa letter. A sick, pathological lot are these people (Fale, Ryan, et al).

    Insert of-the-hook diatribe against Anonymous posters here, since Eric Ryan has nothing credible of substance to say.

  8. Guido Sarducci:

    We need to close the Dem primary to prevent situations like this in the future.... All the non-Dems will be forced to compete in the open GOP primary and a more representative cross-section of voters will therefore choose the GOP candidate.

  9. Eric Ryan:

    The betting is on: OhiaForest3400 is Anna Nicole Inouye.

  10. Bart Dame:

    If Colleen is a Catholic, I apologize for the slander!

    ; )

    zzzzz, the current primary system is both "flawed" and unconstitutional. I agree with the core arguments of Tony Gill's legal case. I think the Supreme Court ruling in California Democratic Party v. Jones explains why. BTW, all the political parties in California intervened on the side of the Democrats in that case, including the Republicans. So the argument is not "fringe" by any means.

    I am a Democrat, of course. But I truly wish the Republican Party had more strength and better candidates. So when the primary structure conspires against the election of moderate Republicans like Gil Riviere in 2012 and might put at risk Cynthia Thielen this year, it forces me to try to figure how it might be modified to help solve, rather than exacerbate our political dysfunction.

    It may require more competition within the GOP, actual primary battles, so more Republican-inclined voters chose to take a Republican primary ballot rather than crossing over into the Democratic primary to interfere in the Democrat's nomination of their candidates. With more action on their own ballot, more moderate Republicans will be there and, hopefully, will dilute the influence of the more radical groups, like the fundamentalists and Tea Party activists.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    The republican party is divided into 50 states....
    State of confusion in what is becoming the meaning of a republican..
    Libertarian, GOP, tea party, rino, etc..

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