Making his case
The meeting before the Oahu County Committee's Executive Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday at a location to be determined.
In an email to members on Monday, the party stated:
The purpose of the meeting is to review the request by Representative Aaron Ling Johanson in becoming a Democrat in good standing as he switches from being a member of the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.
Rules adopted by the party since the last lawmaker switch in 2007 stipulate elected officials wishing to join the Democratic Party must first go before their county's executive committee, which then makes a recommendation to the State Central Committee.
Oahu County Chairman Bixby Ho said Monday much of the feedback he had received on Johanson’s switch was positive, though insiders said some member were upset Johanson was able to keep his seat on the House Finance Committee, rather than having that seat go to a more senior Democrat.
UPDATE: The meeting location has been set at the Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone Building (521 Ala Moana Blvd.), 2nd Floor Conference Room.