`About as bad as anything I've read'
Meyer, who was the group's national director, is running against Rep. Richard Fale in the Republican primary for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Clayton Hee.
The Hawaii Republican Assembly has become an increasingly virulent critic of the state party. After the Republican state convention on Saturday, the group issued a news release that claimed the party "tripled down on neutrality, silence and inaction for another two years by retaining an official party platform and political strategy which is destined to keep Hawaii’s tiny minority party in the political wilderness of irrelevance through 2016."
The news release criticized Pat Saiki, the party chairwoman, and Miriam Hellreich, the Republican National Committeewoman, by name.
"HIRA’s press release panning the HRP convention was about as bad as anything I’ve read," Meyer wrote in an email to Tito Montes, the conservative group's president, and other leaders. "I never looked at HIRA as an adversary of the HRP but as an adjunct organization. I’ve been to many Republican conventions and I thought this was run very well and the speeches were excellent.
"Miriam Hellreich and Pat Saiki are old friends of mine, and both of them have worked tirelessly for the good of the Republican Party. They did not deserve the personal attacks that the HIRA press release was full of. We have some very good conservative candidates this year and the party has been putting on training sessions which will help them run effective campaigns. If anything I came away from the convention feeling encouraged and positive."
Meyer, who served as a state representative for 14 years, and was considered the most conservative Republican in the House, said Republicans need to support each other. "When HIRA attacks the HRP and fellow Republicans they give fodder to the Democrat narrative," she wrote. "There are many fine people who are members of HIRA who I like and respect, but the constant, negative sniping at the HRP is counter productive and helps no one."
*Update: Montes said that there may have been a conflict, now that Meyer is running for state Senate, with her serving as national director of the group, which has a political action committee.
"We wish her really well," he said. "We love her to death and we're looking forward to her winning out there."