26 to 18

December 17th, 2012

State Rep. Mele Carroll and Rep. Karen Awana are the latest lawmakers to choose to organize with Rep. Joseph Souki’s coalition of dissident Democrats and Republicans.

Carroll and Awana, who had been with House Speaker Calvin Say, could not be reached for comment on Monday. But sources on both sides of the leadership fight confirmed the switch.

Awana would be floor leader under Souki, sources say.

The defections give the Souki coalition 26 Democrats — the number needed to control the 51-member House — along with seven Republicans, for 33 votes in all.

Rep. Karl Rhoads and Rep. John Mizuno had previously split from the Say faction.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro, Say’s chosen successor, has 18 votes.

Say announced last week that he would step down as speaker and back Oshiro but urged Democrats to organize without the help of Republicans.

One Response to “26 to 18”

  1. Goober:

    Dissidents are part of the Tea Party.
    They are those without a “country”.
    Democrats in name only.

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