WORLD EXCLUSIVE NEWS FLASH:
Bob McDermott Tells HIRA First
. . . He's Running for Governor in '18



Aloha News Media and Republicans:

This is a WORLD EXCLUSIVE news flash from the Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA).  [ Must credit HIRA as story source.]

At 3:57 p.m. today, Ewa Beach state representative "RINO Bob" McDermott  wrote to HIRA from his personal e-mail account ( which he uses throughout the day for off-the-books official state business, non-state business conducted inside his state office and for election campaign business as well).

Rep. McDermott revealed exclusively to HIRA that he intends to run for governor in 2018.  Furthermore, McDermott tells HIRA that he is  extremely confident he will emerge as the Hawaii GOP's nominee against Democrat David Ige in the November 2018 general election.  His previously secret campaign which was reportedly going to be announced next month has been leaked by McDermott himself to HIRA.

Below is the a ctual message just received this afternoon by HIRA from Bob McDermott, which came in response to HIRA's story earlier today about McDermott's consistent support for higher and higher taxes.

Showing unrivaled maturity, class, and sophistication, Bob McDermott's message  demonstrates his deep commitment to  Christian values and helps reveal exactly how prepared McDermott is for the rigors of campaigning and governance.  Indeed,  his nomination as  the Hawaii GOP's candidate for governor in 2018 appears downright inevitable.  [At press time, there was no confirmation of any involvement by long-rumored McDermott running mate Andria Tupola.]

It is not known if Miriam Hellreich will lead McDermott's campaign in exchange for his enthusiastic support for her re-election to another 4-year term as the state party's national committeewoman at last year's state convention in Waipahu.  It is also not known if McDermott's recently granted support for Hellreich's candidate for party chair Shirlene Ostrov is part of a quid pro quo to gain Hellreich's support for McDermott's gubernatorial bid.

Known for telling people he is a reliable judge of character, McDermott recently vouched for Beth Fukumoto to his colleagues only a few weeks ago as the absolute best person to serve as Minority Leader for the GOP.  She was forced out of the job for being a total RINO just days later following HIRA's high-profile campaign to oust Fukumoto.

In an odd case of deja vu, McDermott served in the State House in the 90's representing a completely different neighborhood -- the Salt Lake area.  He soon bailed on that job to unsuccessfully run for Congress against a dying woman (Patsy Mink); eventually endorsing the Democrat in the race.  After losing that campaign, McDermott spent years in support of the campaigns and causes of a variety of Democrats like Mufi Hannemann and Willie Espero.

Now, after representing Ewa Beach in the State House for a couple of terms, the question arises:  Will McDermott really bail on his shrinking GOP caucus in search of the brass ring of the governorship?   Well, he said he will.  So HIRA will take McDermott at his word.

HIRA reached out to Governor David Ige, but he was unavailable for comment.   It could have been a bad phone connection, but HIRA's liaison at the State Capitol distinctly heard what sounded like a roomful of laughter on the phone line after being told to "hold the line" when calling Governor Ige's press office.

Here at HIRA, we are extremely excited about focusing even more attention on McDermott, his team, his voting record and his past statements to HIRA, the public and others.  Rather than following in the footsteps of Linda Lingle, it seems more likely that he is following in the footsteps of Aaron "Ling" Johanson and Beth Fukumoto.   His very liberal voting record appears designed to appeal to Democrat donors.  And his decision to let Hellreich keep the Hawaii GOP on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing to assist in either the same-sex marriage fight or the Pono Choices fight indicates he doesn't really care about winning those battles; just making a name for himself in hopes of fooling social conservatives and pastors into helping his political career.

Finally, it is hoped that everybody will still be excited about McDermott's gubernatorial candidacy at the May 2017 state convention of the Hawaii Republican Party . . . even though McDermott decided to give HIRA the exclusive heads up about his special news.  As Bob put it so eloquently:  "RINO Bob will be YOUR REPUBLICAN nominee for governor!  You can continue to jerk off!"

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