Political Radar


April 22nd, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie told the Democratic Party of Hawaii on Tuesday that he would be willing to yield some of his time at the state convention in May so other candidates for governor could address the delegates.

In a letter to Dante Carpenter, the party's chairman, the governor said it was "in the finest traditions of our party" to allow equal opportunity for others to speak.

State Sen. David Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the primary, complained last week that he was being denied an opportunity to address delegates from the convention podium. Ige asked the party too allow all candidates in major races to speak. Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who is running for Congress, joined in Ige's request over the weekend.

Eight elected officials -- including Abercrombie -- have each been given five-minute slots to discuss progress toward the party's platform at the convention at the Sheraton Waikiki. Candidates have been given a separate opportunity to appear at a meet-and-greet at the Royal Hawaiian.

Party leaders are considering Ige's request.

From Abercrombie:

In my role as governor, I was asked to address delegates at the Hawaii Democratic Party Convention. Some statewide candidates, however, have made requests to similarly address delegates. While the Democratic Party makes the final decisions on convention matters, I have offered to yield a portion of my time to all of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates running for office. In doing so, I hope that convention delegates will able to hear the many diverse voices of the Democratic Party.

*Updated: From Ige:

I am pleased that the governor agreed with my call for fairness and that all statewide democratic candidates be given the opportunity to speak from the floor of the state Democratic convention and not break from traditions of previous years. This election is about hearing everyone's voices, positions and issues, and moving the party and the state forward.

One Response to “Yield”

  1. Bart Dame:

    As one of the people who objected to the decision by convention planners to not provide Senator Ige a fair opportunity to address the convention, I welcome the Governor's offer. I never believed he had played a role in the original decision.

    I hope the Executive Committee of the Party declines the terms of the Governor's offer to split his time and allows both the Governor and Ige a reasonable opportunity to address the convention from the stage. I differ from Ige's position that all the congressional candidates be allowed to address the entire convention. There really is a scheduling problem and we have not, at past conventions, allowed all candidates that opportunity. But we have never, in my memory, denied a credible gubernatorial candidate a fair opportunity to share their ideas with the delegates. This is a good development.

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