Political Radar

`Full support'

April 19th, 2014

Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson's campaign on Saturday offered full support for state Sen. David Ige's request that all candidates for major office be allowed to speak at the state Democratic convention in May.

Anderson is one of several Democrats running in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District.

Anderson's campaign wrote convention planners backing Ige, whose campaign has complained to the party about the exclusion.

Eight elected officials -- including Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is facing Ige in the primary; and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, who is facing Anderson -- have been allotted five minutes each to address delegates about progress toward the party's platform at the convention at the Sheraton Waikiki. Candidates can participate in a separate meet-and-greet event at the Royal Hawaiian.

Party officials are expected to meet soon to discuss Ige's request to allow candidates to address delegates from the convention podium.

From Brooke Wilson of Anderson's campaign:

With respect to the crowded CD1 race, it is crucial that delegates are allowed to hear from each of the candidates as to why they will be the best choice to challenge the GOP opponent in the General.

Candidate Ikaika Anderson will accommodate any opportunity to address the delegates at the podium during the two-day convention.

We encourage you to include all major race candidates of the Governors and Congressional race to speak on equal time from the podium -  and wholeheartedly believe this addition will add a valuable dynamic to the convention that has been absent in years past.

9 Responses to “`Full support'”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Japanese candidates are not as outspoken as others.."He doesn't look like me"...
    Don't let the smile fool you..

  2. Guido Sarducci:

    Maybe they should just ban Abercrombie.

  3. Johnson:

    I fully support Sen. Ige's inclusion in the list of speakers. To decide otherwise would add one more reason to be concerned about Gov. Abercrombie's re-election, even if he didn't have a hand in making that decision.

    (BUT there's no way in the world I could believe that. Trying to believe the Governor didn't have a hand in the 'exclude-Ige' decision stretches the bounds of credibility.)

  4. Especially Incognito:

    I gave two cents and saw a puppet show...For thousands
    those who donate get to play the marionette...pulling its strings
    or having a hand up their posterior motive..

  5. Jackie Kido:

    Party officials are wrong here.

  6. Jackie Kido:

    And who do you think is running the Party? Neil Abercrombie's cabinet.

  7. Sayer:

    Fair enough to give everyone a chance to speak - that's true democracy at work.

  8. kamaaina808:

    I find it really hard to believe that - in 2 days - they can't find 5 min. for those running for Gov etc. to speak. Smacks of elitism and just plain childishness.

  9. Especially Incognito:

    Puppet Masters...

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