Political Radar

`It is the principle ...'

April 28th, 2014

State Sen. David Ige said Monday that he would vote against the confirmation of Brian Tamamoto, Gov. Neil Abercrombie's choice for the small business seat on the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Tamamoto works for Royal Holdings, an affiliate of the Kobayashi Group, a major developer with interests in the Kakaako region overseen by the HCDA. Sen. Laura Thielen has objected to Tamamoto's confirmation, arguing that the Kobayashi Group is not a small business.

Ige is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary for governor. From the senator:

This is not about an individual or company. It is the principle as this position is designated for a small-business representative and I question if a holding company of the Kobayashi Group fits the definition. Citizens are concerned already about the make-up of the HCDA and the pace at which it is approving projects.

*Update: The Senate voted 20 to 5 on Tuesday to confirm Tamamoto.

5 Responses to “`It is the principle ...'”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Anyone who can afford to donate to Governor Abercrombies's campaign
    is not a small business.....

  2. innocent observer:

    Abercrombie has no moral principles - he ignores the law and nominates his "friend", no class, no shame.

  3. kamaaina808:

    Whoa. Abercrombie's attempt to 'stack the deck' of the HCDA is pretty blatant. I definitely support Sens. Ige & Thielen's rejection of this 'small business' straw man.

  4. Pay to play is the game:

    Doncha all get it by now? If you don't pay, you don't get to play with the "big kids" aka Neil Abercrombie.

    I still don't understand why people want to re-elect the Governor. He has failed to do anything productive within these 4 years he's been in office, failed to tell us why so many people around him have either left him and sought a new horse, and of course failed to realize that he's not a Dan Inouye.

    Just remember Neil, it's not the party of YOU, it's the party of the PEOPLE! Soon enough people are going to start calling you Mufi Hannemann trying to go in a meeting with a closed fist and say your way is right...well sorry Governor but YOU ARE WRONG!

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Pay to play is the game sounds like one of the Seven Dwarfs.

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