Aloha Friends. Welcome to part 2 of 2. Drain the Swamp
There are many strong and energy-filled conservatives and Republicans in Hawaii. Thank you.
Writing to conservatives and Republicans, mostly in Hawaii, I email rather than blog because this is a (quasi-) private discussion. These reports chronicle HRP’s story. My perspective is that of conservative, former State Party Chairman and RNC member. I am not here writing for any of my current conservative organizations, nationally or in Hawaii. Hawaii conservatives need to know that they are not alone. Please forward this to conservatives or let me know to be removed.
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– January 5-7 NRA BoD, N VA.
– January 20 President Trump sworn in, Wash DC
– January 23 NRA ballots mailed
Readers’ Comments – Quick Hits – Campaigns
–I don’t necessarily agree with ALL our readers. “I think corrupt shameless arrogant HRP is very useful – for the Democrat Socialist Demonrats Scumbags.” “HRP is completely useless. I recommend to start over. Clean The HRP Swamp of Corrupt insane leadership! It’s time to Clean Hawaii HRP Swamp! Let us work together to unite the party bring sanity to the State of Hawaii Republican voters…help support HIRA to Clean The Corrupt shameless Useless HRP Leadership!“ “It is frustrating that current leadership at HRP cannot unite, much less do anything else.“ Reader, on Pine “(At NB) I tried to expose her every chance I had; and she would lie to defend herself and attack me and get away with it. Cedric Gates (D) and her are tight and protect each other and Caldwell (D). An attack on one is an attack on the other, so they all retaliate and make up democratic bs stories and get away with them. She is as bad as Hillary and Obama.“ “Time to drain the swamp at GOP Headquarters!“ About Agustin “did you really need to put in the part where someone said “Whoa, another Dem Bitch”?“ “Those GOP leaders entire mission is self-promotion.” Reader to HQ “It’s frustrating that HRP .. cannot endorse and campaign for a proven Republican (Slom) who’s received consistently perfect ratings from the ACU.“ “We did it without the Republican Party in Hawaii…Trump is President Elect.“ “Now…we change the Hawaii Republican Party.“ “drain the HRP swamp and either start over with HIRA lead cleanup and vetting of new members or may be faster start brand new party since the Republican Brand has been so damaged by the leaders, is meaningless, and became pathetic in HI.“ Carroll to HIRA “I heard Eric Ryan on the Carroll Cox show and he did a terrific job explaining why the HRP is so defunct!“
Gowan, BI “I feel there has never been a better time to revive and reorganize the Republican Party here in Hawaii. Out with the old, in with the new. The HRP in Honolulu is a complete failure. Its failures are mirrored here on the Big Island, in West Hawaii.“
Reader, Slom supporter “HRP is blatantly ignoring Sam’s race — I asked the Oahu Chair yesterday if she was planning to devote any phone banking to him, and she rudely dodged the question because they aren’t doing anything. Spoke with Barbara Marumoto today, and she says it’s not just Sam’s race, but that they’re pretty much ignoring all State Legislature races.“
Berg, to HQ: “I will never support Djou or Duke again. They are the problem along with you at GOP to embrace someone like Pine who endorsed DEM Matt LoPresti over Republican Bryan Jeramiah this go around- she even gave Jeramiah’s opponent $$$$. Pine also endorsed Caldwell. When you finally kick Pine out of the party, I will your best worker bee cheerleader. You guys at GOP are pathetic“
Party Secretary Ready response “She’s not a Republican, hasn’t been for years“. Does not explain why Ready did NOT speak five months ago when Walden pushed for Pine’s endorsement. Does explain HIRA’s ‘GOP is infiltrated” as HQ, Djou and Aiona encourage Rs to give to Pine. She funnels your money to our Dem opponents. HIRA: PINE-HAS-GONE-TO-THE-DARK-SIDE. HQ and MSM won’t touch the story HIRA: Pine Flips Off Hawaii GOP.
– PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP. HAS A NICE SOUND TO IT. Prepare for many Special Elections.
– Fukumoto tells why she is a Democrat. www.facebook.com/HIRA808
– Disconnect. HQ’s final email titled “Integrity Counts’. Ironic coming from a corrupt HQ ‘leadership’.
– With HQ phone bank inactivated and unfunded, televisions removed, and an overpriced Saiki copier, HQ is a daycare center for paid staff.
– “Those unfortunate enough to live in Arizona, will see premium increases approaching 116%.“ Ds want single payer OCare. Thielen, Ward, Pine, Marumoto, Ching, Fontaine, Johanson, and Riviere voted for the failed Health Connector.
– Not news. Kenoi not guilty. Are you sh*tting me?
– Lee on Slom on HRP, (last 15 seconds of HPR interview) HPR: Two Sides of Trump Victory
– Make a difference using the NRA-ILA action tracker. NRA Legislative Action Tracker
– As NFRA President signed memo to the movement opposing a lame duck session; FRC letter to congress to use reconciliation to redirect PP funds.
No organization does more to destroy the Republican brand than the Hawaii Republican Party. A pro-life national Platform; HRP elects pro-abortion Saiki. A record-setting RNC fundraising cycle; Rohlfing owns the two lowest raising months of the last decade. Holding the majority in the US House & the Senate; HRP has 0/25 senators and 6/51 reps. RNC fights tax increases; ‘leader’ Fukumoto and McDermott support tax increases. SA Borreca declares HRP “microscopic”, “irrelevant”. HRP per Milner “Death is not too strong a word to use here. Influence-wise, the Republicans here are gone, and there is no resurrection on the horizon. So, it is safe to see one-party control as a given.” Republican Party is Dead
-Anti-Trump protests broke out in several US (and foreign) cities. As if. They should protest Clinton. Hawaii, as example, ’08 Obama +45, 2012 +43. 2016 Clinton +32.
-Irony? If those protesters had voted, Clinton may have won. Noticeable omission? Where are the D leaders, Obama, Clinton, even Jess Jackson, speaking out against the protests, destruction, and violence? Where is the MSM and liberal cable? GOPUSA: Who Is Paying For The Violence?
–Polls. For a couple cycles, polls have been way off. This time, however, the data didn’t match the findings or assessment. They say they got it wrong, but it appears many pollsters and the MSM used polls as a voter suppression mechanism.
–Ward letter to editor “If America is ever to be great again” panders to liberals. Military member who defended freedom so that Ward could do time in the Peace Corps “I was disgusted that he promotes the Progressive Democrat meme that America isn’t great“.
Hawaii Presidential Campaign
– We submit four Electoral College (with alternates) electors, the Ds submit four. HQ never asked us (most states vote), nor told us who they selected. With HQ public disdain for Trump, we’ll never know if establishment Rohlfing/Hellreich/Ward/Saiki/Fukumoto would have cast their vote for our guy.
-Trump Hawaii sign waving couldn’t get numbers to come out. Best was 60 happy volunteers for National Sign Wave Day at King Kamehameha Statue on a Saturday i.e. waving to foreign tourists.
-For months, we told Trump Hawaii to focus on battleground states; use NO resources – paid staff, signs, stickers – in Hawaii. With a week ago, Trump Hawaii chair “Mr. Trump has asked us to devote ALL of our attention on the battleground states – these states are where our candidate will win or loss (sic) the election – not Hawaii.“
-Having little success, Trump state boss “We’ve now been asked to call OHIO and FLORIDA. It can’t get any more serious than this. Please, please please – it’s time to get on the phones for those that haven’t been calling. Florida and Ohio are both EDT – you can start calling at 3:00 am.“
-Then, “I am very frustrated. We have about 12 callers doing a really great job, but about 217 are not stepping up. If we (YOU) aren’t making phone calls to battleground states we (YOU) aren’t making a difference.“ (HIRA comment “It’s telling when certain people think out loud and confirm what we’ve been saying and advising and warning about since March”. Cruz Hawaii comment “if Trumper Paikai and his mother Hellreich hadn’t been so terribly unpleasant to Cruz Hawaii members, our team could have made all those calls. Several of us were ready to go to the mainland.”)
-Finally, good news “I’m not going to bury the lead (sic) – Hawaii Trump Talk Callers reach 42,120 calls! With this momentum and the weekend remaining we can reach very close to our goal of 75,000.“
–Congratulations Trumpers! Tons of backslapping. Those who worked the most, Frankel, Jones, Kerns (who deployed to NH), just went back to work. Hellreich took credit, Wharton took credit. Hellreich is now trying to tailor the list for inaugural, inviting only her friends. Reader ”Miriam is EXACTLY right. She really is the main point of contact for superfluous GOP stuff like parties, dances, dinners, conferences.“
-Novice thought we’d win Hawaii. Kama-Kimura assessment includes “I had prayed for so much more from the people of Hawaii. Somehow I thought eyes and ears would be open to the truth and that we might see through the media pundits’ propaganda! What did we miss?“ Yes, prayer IS important, WITH a conservative message, voter registration drive, voter ID program and GOTV effort by HRP is the answer to her question. If HRP did GOTV, instead of lying about it, we’d win more elections HIRA: This Explains Why Hawaii Republicans Lost
-In her ad, Kaaihue sent a unifying message for an all-R federal win – her, Ostrov, Carroll. NCM Ward final message leaves Kaaihue off his list. Reader “Ward doesn’t care about all Republicans or even about Republicans winning. Kaaihue in her ad goes for unity. Ward as NCM leaves her off the list to support. So, would I ever trust Ward to represent MY interests?“ “He didn’t promise updates, nor ballot suggestions, nor calendar reminders. He promised funds.“
-Wonder why HRP is the most unsuccessful state party in the nation? Reader to HQ “HRP is going all out for an obscure candidate for State House, but can’t even make the slightest effort for Senator Slom, in the face of a nail-biting race and America’s only one-party legislature?“ The only three candidates HRP endorsed, Djou, Ostrov, Pahalui lost by an average of 25 points.
-Neither Djou, nor Ostrov, responded to claims that they or their spokesmen embellished their military records. Some things shouldn’t be lied about, even in a campaign.
-You elected her: Fukumoto Exposed As Democrat. Fukumoto (2016 ACU 26%) joins democrats, ‘big spending is fiscally conservative’, “I’ll raise taxes because I am no Gene Ward’, women deserve more, ‘I support ACLU and NORML.’ SA October 28 “There is talk of her bolting to the Democrats if reelected.”
–McDermott (2016 ACU 35) lied when he signed the www.atr.org Taxpayers Protection Pledge. He voted to extend the rail tax. Reader “McDermott wants taxpayers to BOHICA (bend over here it comes again) for the rail cartel while saying he opposes using the anus as a sex organ.”
-McDermott’s foul language, again. Cussing at HIRA for holding Rs and Ds accountable, he becomes transparent. “You are, respectfully, full of shit. Help candidates my ass.“ My open response, “So hypocritical of you Bobby to imply that you hold Ds accountable (you don’t) and yet not hold Rs accountable. We’re not hypocrites. Bobby, you accept (Republican) corruption, incompetence. We don’t. Bobby, if you did your job in the party, we wouldn’t have to. BTW, HIRA’s thousands (yes, that many) of mail pieces will help Republicans to a competent, principled party. How about you, Bobby? Done anything except suck up to Hellreich and her bankrupt party establishment?“
-HIRA touched a nerve. Kauai GOP response is to cry incoherently. Blaming everyone but themselves, the two went on an email rant, and then provided the cry session to HIRA. Hickling, state coordinated campaign, “Until you shut your frickin pie hole and put your time and your talent where your mouth is and actually do something to move the ball forward, you are a worthless piece of crap that only makes life more difficult for all the dedicated folks who actually try. Go screw yourself Eric Ryan. You’re a lying, exaggerating, gaping a-hole with no redeeming qualities.“ County chair Yoder “Bob’s (referring to Hickling) enough to make a straight guy go gay, and I’m not gay. Hey Willes and Eric, are you both so ignorant to think I contributed to Sam Sloan’s loss of his senate seat? I had no more to do with that than I did contributing to Andria’s success on Oahu. I’ve invited both of you two to call me more than once, but all I hear from you two jokers are crickets. LOL Steve “Can’t we just learn to get along?” Rodney King“ Kauai GOP Yoder and Hickling could muster only two candidates for the island: Combs and Franks, lost by an average 43.5 points. That’s not what they got, that’s the losing margin.
-Berg “WTF- I got a flyer in the mail today with a photo of Pine endorsing LoPresti- why has the R party not kicked her out? Shame on the R party to allow her to utilize her position to harm the R’s This should outrage Ward and gang- but it appears they too, have sold out. When Dems do this- they get sanctioned or kicked out …..how low can a party go….for shame- Pine needs to be kicked out of the party- if not- you all suck running the show- shame shame shame- Damn I loathe you assholes at GOP headquarters – and proud to have quit the R party- can I say- FUCK YOU GOP HAWAII!!!!!!!! Go to hell!”
-SA Shapiro “Isle GOP has only itself to blame for poor showing” says GOP has too much in-fighting, and that Ds always come together. His research dept should hand him the number of US Senate, House, state legislatures and state and local legislators that have flipped in the past six years. Though, I agree that when HRP puts forth unworthy candidates, they can’t beat even the disgusting D candidates. He is correct (he got it from my reports about Djou and now Ostrov’s failed message) that simply desiring a Republican in Washington, i.e. the ‘need’ for a two-party ‘system’, is not a viable argument for election.
-Hawaii GOP is missing the boat. Hill: Rs Win Everywhere But Hawaii. Not only are more legislatures and legislators going Republican, they are more conservative. Hawaii liberal Republicans members with an average ACU rating 29, led by McDermott’s only 50(!). Hawaii GOP, only state in the union with no representation in one of the legislative bodies.
HIRA’s exposure of Saiki and R/H/L corruption shows that HRP needs cleansing. Fearful R legislators are as culpable as the State Cmte is incompetent.
HIRA’s exposure of Saiki and R/H/L corruption shows that HRP needs cleansing. Fearful R legislators are as culpable as the State Cmte is incompetent.
-HRP 2015-2016 Action Plan: gain 4 house and 1 senate seat, maintain 51 district chairs with 2 precincts/each, monthly candidate training, all chairs GOPDC trained, quarterly Community service event, delegates from all districts at state convention, weekly press release, 2 FB post/week, 10% increase FB & Twitter, webmaster for website, fund programs, monthly Finance Cmte meeting, 7 direct mail pieces, 4 telemarketing projects, quarterly $ events, 4 hours/week chair calls … and they didn’t do any of it. You decide if it is time for change from Hellreich, Rohlfing, Ward and the rest of the establishment.
-The HQ attack against conservatives went from a threatened lawsuit to physical violence. HIRA: “several HIRA officers, including President Eric Ryan, were followed, stalked and assaulted by former Representative Fale in apparent retaliation for HIRA’s exposure of how Fale’s political allies from the Democrat Party have infiltrated the Hawaii GOP“. HIRA: Disgraced Hawaii GOP Leader Assaults HIRA members. Fale and his wife (she cusses like McDermott) ‘coincidently’ showed up in a random parking lot and attacked. The police were again called on Fale (last time was his assault on HIRA President after the state convention. This time, I called 911.) when an out of control Fale threatened to “beat up all three of you” (with their child in the back seat crying). Of course, we have the video.
Torn between her dislike of Fale and of conservatives, the elder Saiki emailed that Fale had also threated her but she is according to HIRA “openly encouraging and ‘applauding’ violence against conservatives.“ HIRA: Liberal GOP Octogenarian Endorses Violence Against Conservatives. The retaliation out of HQ is apparently for outing several Dem infiltrators including, from a Slom campaign staffer, “Kainoa Kaumeheiwa-Rego is BIG in Stanley Chang’s campaign against Sam Slom. I can’t believe she was recently a GOP officer! Rego still has friends at HRP HQ, maybe this explains the blatant and baffling silence when HQ receives the slightest request to assist with Slom’s race.“ Always with levity (we think) a reader provides “Fale gets too much publicity out of his “Tonga” bully ways. (I heard there are still cannibals there – will check it out personally on my trip this year). HIRA can’t afford its very good president to be eaten.“
-When Hickling less than a week after election announced the delegate authorizations for next February and date of the May state convention on Kauai, it raised eyebrows. No one has yet explained how or why HRP got decimated, nor held an election reviewed. No one apologized or took responsibility. Instead of GOTV, Hickling was planning next year’s convention.
-Numbers prove HRP Rs are as liberal as Ds. 80+ is considered conservative, below 60 is just plain failing, and ACU is the easiest rating system. ACU 2016 ratings www.conservaive.org. 22 Ds vote more conservatively than Ward (ACU 24). 14 Ds voted more conservatively than Cheape & Fukumoto at ACU 26. Thielen and Pouha are ACU 29, Tupola only a 33 and McDermott an embarrassing 35. Souki had the same 24 score as Ward.
For context, Cruz and Lee scored ACU 100, Rand Paul 96. Even Paul Ryan 78 and McConnell 75 scored better than any Hawaii R.
–Heritage. Heritage: Index of US Military Strength Only 43% of the Marine Corps’ aircraft are considered flyable; In 1992, the Air Force was acquiring about 200 aircraft a year, today is about 25; Air Force has a shortage of 700 pilots and 4,000 maintainers; Next year, Navy will be able to meet only 56% of demand for aircraft carriers; Army currently is having to choose between being ready to defend the country today and defend it in the future; The threat score, which measures our enemies’ threat to our national interests, was raised from “Elevated” in the 2016 Index to “High” in the 2017 Index
-Maui’s Auntie Meiling “My five brothers served as combat soldiers in Vietnam. The two oldest went to Korea before deploying to Vietnam. My oldest brother was one of America’s first 100 Green Berets under President Kennedy. He was also General Westmoreland’s right hand man in Vietnam. My second brother was a Marine and was UDT predecessor of the SEALS. He was severely injured in ‘Nam 80% of his body burned. He survived & in 2014 died at VA Hospital in Panama, Florida. he was a tough Marine. My third Brother was also a Green Beret Special Forces. His oldest son is a Command Sgt. Major. He & his youngest brother (Rangers) are the only Akuna’s in the military today. We are a Proud Family too. God Bless The United States of America. God Bless Donald J Trump.“ Thank you!
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