Conservatives in the Hawaii Republican Assembly, frustrated by what they see as a timid and ineffective Hawaii Republican Party, on Monday called for party leaders to resign.
Tito Montes, the president of the Hawaii Republican Assembly, said in an email to supporters that the group waited two weeks from the November elections to see if party leaders would quit on their own.
While Republicans made significant gains nationally, the local GOP struggled. Both former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, the Republican candidate for governor, and former congressman Charles Djou, the GOP contender for Congress, lost their campaigns. Republicans gained just one additional seat in the state House.
Montes called on all of the party's state and county executive officers to step down, specifically naming Pat Saiki, the party chairwoman; Miriam Hellreich, the Republican National Committeewoman; Boyd Ready, the head of the coordinated campaign; Marcia Klompus, the treasurer; and Fritz Rohlfing, the Oahu chairman.
When corporate leaders fail, they resign. When nonprofit leaders fail, they resign. When political party leaders fail, they too resign. Now it's the turn of Pat Saiki and the rest to get out of the way.
It is obvious that HRP’s leaders flat-out refused to wisely utilize all 24 months between elections to educate and persuade and inspire voters, let alone diminish the devotion of so many to the ruling Democrats. This lack of action is either deliberate or a result of incompetence. The lowest voter turnout ever and the microscopic change in the number of registered voters is sufficient evidence that promises made by party leaders to engage in substantial voter drives in the past two years were merely rhetoric.
"They have their opinion," Saiki said. "I have no comment."