TRANSCRIPT: MAJOR DOUBTS ABOUT LAWSUIT
: I think it's a shame to allow the party, the party's name, to be, uh, uh, to be, uh, confused with another entity that is diametrically opposed to us.
: Well I, if you don't mind, I pursued this with Sharron Angle, who is the chairman of the (National) Federation of Republican Assemblies at the national level. At that time, I wrote her a letter complaining that the local chapter was using the name "Republican" and disparaging the local party. She never responded. But nevertheless, there is an entity called the National Republican Assembly. So the branch here is called the Hawaii Republican Assembly. In fact, our lawyers have got to look into this matter before charging them or asking for further descriptions. Cause, to me, you know, I can't fathom that. So, I was really surprised when this was pursued and, Mr. Chairman, I just wanted to clear the air because we're going to continue to pay, aren't we ($350 per hour)?
: The, uh, the attorneys are aware of the National Federation. They are aware of that. As party chair, I have certain expression in these matters to protect and defend our name and, uh, I have gone forward to do that. But there is no, uh, ongoing commitment . . . we can, we can decide how we want to settle this matter. I think the possibilities for settlement are good. And that would be my first goal as it is every time I've been in a dispute. Uh, my first goal is to try to settle out of court so that the expenses can be capped.
: I don't know what kind of settlement you're looking at. But I talked with, in fact, several months ago, you talked to the RNC about the logo and I remembered you hearing the comments at that time of our regional political director saying the (HIRA/NFRA elephant) logo would be very, very difficult to challenge because an elephant looks like many different things. You can change the ear, make the ear stand up or put down or whatever, it's a different logo. So it's a very difficult thing to exploit.
: Mr. Chair. When I said, you know, I would oppose any lawsuit because it's too slow, it's too cumbersome. Uh, you know, it's not fighting HIRA now, here and now. And with the free resources we have with press releases and social media and, uh, and press conferences and, uh, speeches. And I'd rather we fight, you know, and, uh, stand up for our name directly rather than pursue a long, expensive lawsuit. It just, it just gonna take long time . . . months. And it's all behind the scenes. And meanwhile we get slandered, um, constantly.
: I think that says either you've got to do something or just let it go.