Political Radar


April 22nd, 2014

The Democratic Party of Hawaii on Tuesday reversed course and agreed to allow state Sen. David Ige, who is challenging Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary, to speak at the party’s state convention in May.

Ige – like Abercrombie and seven other top elected officials – will be given five minutes to discuss progress toward the party’s platform in front of delegates at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Ige’s campaign advisers complained to the party last week after learning that he and other candidates would not be able to address delegates from the convention podium. Candidates will be given a separate opportunity to appear at a meet-and-greet event at the Royal Hawaiian.

Ige blamed the snub on Abercrombie, since an aide to the governor’s deputy chief of staff is planning the convention, but party officials have insisted that shortening the convention to two days from two and-a-half days makes it impossible to allow all candidates to speak.

The party’s executive committee, however, met privately Tuesday evening at party headquarters in Kakaako and decided to grant Ige’s request for speaking time.

4 Responses to “Reversal”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Well. His speech better be good for the whining he's done about this. The guy tends to mumble, in my book, a lot.

    Be funny if a lot of key Dems do an about face a la Imperial officers walk out on Pu Yi's speech in Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor".

    Abercrombie all the way.

  2. Bart Dame:

    It wasn't just David Ige and his supporters who were "whining" about the unfairness of the decision to not allow him to speak. A lot of active party members thought it was a "brain-dead" decision. I would quibble with the notion the Party has reversed itself on this. The State Central Committee, which is the body with the responsibility for making decisions on the convention, never approved the decision to exclude Ige. This blunder is an expression of sloppy internal governance, an ungoing lack of transparency and accountability.

    So even if this mistake has been corrected, there is a lot of work to be done so the SCC, the "board of directors" of the Party, are better able to provide informed consent on future decisions. Had the group in charge brought this to the SCC for a policy decision, Ige would have been allowed to speak from the get go.

  3. Chicken Grease:

    Would he be speaking if he weren't running for guber?

    Like he's gonna win. Think that Ige's restaurant up in Pearl City has a better chance of winning.

    Can't have a mumbler for guber. You know?

  4. Especially Incognito:

    We have a turkey gobbler....

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