`Honor bound’

June 22nd, 2011

Travis Thompson, the chairman of the state Public Housing Authority and one of 28 members of boards and commissions that Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked to resign, has informed the governor he plans to stay.

Thompson, who, like the others, was appointed by Gov. Linda Lingle and confirmed by the state Senate, told the governor in a letter that he feels honor bound to fulfill the commitment he made to the former governor and state lawmakers. Thompson represents Maui on the Public Housing Authority.

According to Donalyn Dela Cruz, Abercrombie’s spokeswoman, the administration as of Wednesday afternoon had only received one letter in response to the governor’s request. Marcia Klompus, a Lingle appointee to the Stadium Authority and wife of Lenny Klompus, Lingle’s former senior communications advisor, told the governor she, like Thompson, would stay on.

Others have publicly discussed their intentions but apparently have not formally responded, or the responses have yet to be received. For example, Ferd Lewis, the Star-Advertiser sports columnist and writer, reports that the chairman of the Stadium Authority anticipates that seven of nine members will remain.

From Thompson’s letter:

Your letter of June 15, requesting my resignation as a member of the Board of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, has been carefully considered.

As a member of the Board, I have been reviewed and subsequently confirmed three times by the Senate of the Hawaii State Legislature, for a specific term of office. In the most recent confirmation hearing, my appointment was approved to serve a term ending June 30, 2012.  I feel honor bound to fulfill the commitment I made to the Legislature, and the previous Governor. Therefore, I will not be resigning.

The public members of the Board of Hawaii Public Housing Authority were appointed to serve staggered terms of office. It was the intent of the Legislature to ensure that there would be continuity in the policy direction and leadership of the State’s public housing.  I personally experienced the challenge of having an entirely new Board of Directors, when the Board of the former Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii resigned en masse in late 2002. It took months for the new Board to form together in an effective leadership role.

As of July 1, 2011, you will have appointed at least seven of the eleven Board positions. With a quorum requirement of six, the new directors can potentially vote in the majority to implement the new directions that you seek.  It is my belief that your recent appointees will benefit from the knowledge and experience of the carry-over directors. I personally will continue to support any and all improvements in providing safe, sanitary housing for the current and future clients of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

Matilda Yoshioka, Thompson’s colleague on the Public Housing Authority, who represents Kauai, plans to mail a response to the governor on Thursday telling him that she will resign.

“I am honoring his request,” she said.

9 Responses to “`Honor bound’”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    So, Neil, how do you think you look with all that egg on your face? How does it feel? Burning, stinging a bit?

    When the race was shaping up between you and Mufi, who I detest, I felt compelled to vote for you even though, figuratively speaking, your dearth of executive experience in a decades-long career of legislative bloviating left serious doubts about your ability to balance your own checkbook, not to mention the State’s.

    While I suspended disbelief and took the plunge (drank the Kool-Aid?), the suspension wires are fraying and headed for snap-itude, fast.

  2. galekaminari:

    Ohia, I think that we made the only choice we could. Neil at least is trying to do things for the right reasons. Just because he is not doing so good yet, does not mean that the others would have ever been any better.

    Watch what Neil does regarding SB 1274, which rips patients’ rights away under the guise of being necessary under Obamacare, though the Feds have not said so… If Neil does not veto the darn bill, then we will have a pretty strong indication that he is terminally hopeless.

    There is no going back and fixing, for some critical missteps and mistakes. IMO, failing to veto SB 1274 would be one of those unfixable catastrophes. We might even lose Hawaii’s cherished ERISA exemption. Once gone, it is gone! But it is the deaths which will likely result that matter even more.

  3. WooWoo:

    Well worded response by Thompson, with logic that is difficult to challenge. I’m with Ohia, thar be egg on the face o’ the bearded one.

  4. Gov. Volcano Mouth:

    Smoke is coming out of my ears. I might go nuts at the town hall meeting tonight. Somebody hold me back.

  5. Yippie:

    Don’t worry, Gov. The polls might get better. Anyway, plenty think you’re already nuts. Take a deep breath and try to speak slowly tonight. Maybe smoke a fattie first.

  6. zipinparadise:

    The Gov should just appooint new members to these slackers’ positions, and stop payment on any and all checks to the laggards. It’s about time we have a person in the governor’s office who has the interests of the people of Hawaii at the forefront for a change! Don’t wipe off what’s on your face, Neil. I like your smile!

  7. Goober:

    If they won’t resign, then impeach or find a way to fire them. If they are not doing their job they should be fired not asked to resign.

  8. Yippie:

    Obviously, a few angry people around here are unclear on the concept.

  9. zzzzzz:

    Is there any legal requirement for those who received the letter to respond? I’m thinking that no response means no resignation.

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