Hawaii Democrats and RINO's are the Clear and Present Danger

Aloha Republicans:

One of the most dangerous bills passed during the recently concluded session of the 2017 Hawaii State Legislature was adopted unanimously by Democrats and Republicans.  Yes, unanimously by both parties.
This just-approved collective bargaining bill is so bad that even the liberals who run the editorial page of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser have come out against this giveaway to Hawaii's government employee unions.
The pro-Democrat Star-Advertiser openly admits that Senate Bill 410 "tips the balance toward the unions to a degree that works contrary to the public interest."  Yes, CONTRARY to the public interest while the Hawaii GOP sits silently on the sidelines and turns a blind eye as Republican legislators sell us out.
Naturally, Democrats were all in favor of screwing the public by voting for SB410 and giving wide leeway to the already powerful public employee unions.  But, tragically, every single elected Republican voted for this billMcDermott voted yes.  Ward voted yes.  Tupola voted yes.  Cheape voted yes.  And Thielen voted yes.  Why even bother having a caucus separate from Democrats if voting the same way???

Even worse, this solid GOP support for SB410 occurred AFTER Beth Fukumoto had already been replaced by Andria Tupola as GOP minority leader in the State House . . . the very same Andria Tupola who wanted to become state chair of the Hawaii Republican Party; apparently in order to help guide our party even further to the left than Miriam Hellreich and Pat Saiki have taken us over the past 20 years.
PLEASE ACT QUICKLY:   Your urgent help is needed right away to undo the damage by convincing Governor Ige to veto this legislation.   PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE TO GOVERNOR IGE RIGHT AWAY -- Please tell him to veto Senate Bill 410.

Examples of RINO voting -- such as supporting SB410 -- are precisely why Republicans statewide must remain vigilant.  Having watched Democrats and RINO's take Hawaii down the drain over the past 63 years, Republicans and conservatives have to remain engaged, watchful, and assertive.  Step one is that we simply need to stop worshiping at the feet of politicians from either party.  They're supposed to work for us.
LURCHING LEFTWARD:   Only a few years ago, RINO Gene Ward led the entire GOP caucus at the State House to support creation of the disastrous Obamacare exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, which lost hundreds of millions of dollars after Democrats and RINO's who worship Barack Obama finally realized they were so incompetent that they couldn't even run a website to sell overpriced Obamacare insurance policies.  They should have voted NO so that Hawaii voters would see the difference between Republicans and Democrats.  But here in Hawaii, there's very little difference . . . which is exactly why we keep losing every two years.
It's critical to understand that this same GOP caucus at the State Capitol has brought us billions in tax hikes, driver's licenses for tens of thousands of illegal aliens in Hawaii, billions in wasteful spending, and dozens of really terrible policies which only HIRA has the courage to talk about.  In fact, if not for HIRA's vigilance, you might not have been aware how far to the left that the GOP Caucus and HRP have been pulling "Republicanism" in Hawaii.

Perhaps the best example of HIRA's unapologetic and exclusive advocacy against RINO's came while liberal party leaders like Boyd Ready, Fritz Rohlfing, Andria Tupola, Gene Ward, Bob McDermott, Pat Saiki and Miriam Hellreich were defending the choice of Beth Fukumoto as leader of elected Republicans statewide.
Disgraceful longtime Hawaii GOP leaders like Oahu county vice chair Boyd Ready and immediate past chair Fritz Rohlfing actively tried to prevent HIRA from succeeding in getting rid of Beth Fukumoto. They begged her to stay ("we need you") so she could provide "liberal opinion" inside the already ideologically confused state party.   Boyd Ready wanted Fukumoto to
ignore the conservative voices of real Republicans represented by HIRA ("a tiny minority faction with a social media loudspeaker"), to help make the party a "big tent" full of liberal voices like Fukumoto's.  The begging by these failed RINO party leaders was bad enough.  But their outright determination to make the Hawaii GOP even more liberal and even more like the Democrats is outright sickening.  Fukumoto's Republican colleagues unanimously supported making her their GOP leader for another two years only four months ago at the start of the 2017 legislative session.  Horrible judgement.
On the contrary, HIRA repeatedly pointed out how Fukumoto was the
worst possible choice to serve as the standard-bearer of Republicans in Hawaii  since she really preferred Democrat policiesOur evidence?  Her terrible voting record.  Her unwillingness to lead the fight against Democrats.  Her failure to coordinate with the Hawaii GOP to activate card-carrying Republicans to join the fight.  Her record of selling out to accommodate Democrats.  And so on.  But liberals like Boyd Ready and the rest of the RINO party leaders kept telling us how good a Republican Beth Fukumoto is and how good she'd be for the GOP.
Well, yesterday's newspaper should remove any and all doubtsDemocrat Party leaders openly agree with HIRA in admitting that
Beth Fukumoto is a progressive Democrat.  Fukumoto quit the GOP (at HIRA's urging) and is now joining the Democrat Party.  She had no business ever being the leader of Hawaii Republicans at the State Capitol.  And her colleagues had no sense unanimously elevating her to minority leader. Good riddance.


WHY HIRA FIGHTS :   The people named above are STILL running our party today.  While our party organization remains infested with liberal party leaders determined to keep the Hawaii GOP quietly on the sidelines (Kauai's state convention made no difference), RINO's are actively helping Democrats to make the daily struggle of Hawaii families and businesses even harder by voting for harmful policies.  Not only are liberals Miriam Hellreich and Pat Saiki still calling the shots through new puppet party officers they've hand-selected, but you simply can't put the fox in charge of the hen-house.

As the American Conservative Union (ACU) warns us, East Honolulu state house member Gene Ward has the most Democrat-like voting record out of all Republicans at the State Capitol.  But, Ward is also the national committeeman of the Hawaii GOP (elected at the 2016 state convention for a 4-year term along with Hellreich).  Party leaders won't lift a finger keep politicians like Gene Ward honest because he is also a party leader.  And THAT is another of the many reasons why HIRA exists and, more importantly, why we fight.

*** Stay tuned for eye-opening stories from HIRA which reveal that nothing has changed since last weekend's state convention on Kauai. Without your vigilance, RINO's will continue to disappoint you at the Hawaii GOP and at the State Capitol. ***

Finally, please take a few minutes to contact Governor Ige today and tell him to veto SB410.  The balance of power is horribly skewed already without Democrats and RINO's teaming up against taxpayers in 2017 to make matters even worse.

Thanks and God Bless Hawaii.


President, Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA)
Chairman, HIRA Action SuperPAC

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