No rally time

May 25th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former congressman Ed Case, the Democratic contenders for U.S. Senate, will get the opportunity to address the state Democratic convention this weekend for free.

Dante Carpenter, the party’s chairman, announced Friday morning that Case would speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Hirono would talk at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Originally, the party only offered the candidates rally time at the convention at $500 per minute. Hirono accepted the offer and purchased eight minutes for Sunday, while Case refused. Party leaders had also suggested a possible forum with Hirono and Case, but the Hirono campaign did not include the event on her debate schedule.

From Carpenter:

There will be no paid rally time at the Democratic Party of Hawai`i State Convention this year.  We will offer our two excellent U.S. Senate candidates time to give speeches with no cost involved.

“Ed Case and Mazie Hirono will each have five minutes to address the convention, Ed on Saturday at  1:00 pm and Mazie on Sunday at  11:10 am .  Our delegates expect to hear from both of them and so that’s how we will go forward.

The original concept was to raise needed funds to help cover the cost of the State Convention.  Important as that may be, it pales in comparison to giving these great candidates a chance to address our delegates.

We thank Mazie Hirono’s campaign for their willingness to help with the rally time effort, but we will not ask them to contribute anything for time on Sunday.

From Hirono, who called the paid rally time “ill conceived:”

Democrats deserve to hear from their candidates at our convention, and I am extremely glad that will be happening this weekend. I am pleased that the Hawaii Democratic Party has reversed its ill conceived policy to charge candidates for the opportunity to address their fellow Democrats.

5 Responses to “No rally time”

  1. hilohanakahi:

    A forum would have been choice! I don’t understand why Mazie is afraid to debate. If she feels she has the best shot, put it on the line and stand up for your people!

  2. PolitiNalo Guy:

    More than ill conceived, it was just ridiculous. If the Democrats were so concerned with covering the cost of the State Convention, they shouldn’t have hosted it at the Sheraton Waikiki, which is one of the most expensive conference venues on the island!

    As for Mazie, her concern seems disingenuous at best. If it was, as she put it, “ill conceived,” why didn’t she oppose it originally instead of plopping down $4000 to address what should be her base.

  3. Follow the $:

    Lazie is so Chicken even in front of her own supporters and the friendliest crowd possible she still hide from a forum. Only in a Robotic Democrat place like Hawaii could a US Senate Candidate hide and it be in her favor.
    She then condemns the party’s “ill conceived policy” after accepting it in the first place. Auwe.
    The donkey Convention will definitely be a circus with all the biggest clowns all in one location. Should be fun to watch.

  4. Recce:

    The best thing that could happen for Hawaii is that the Democratic Party be taken over by the people. For far too long the “powers that be”, the “kingmakers”, the “new lunas”, whatever you want to call them, have called all the shots in the Party. There are more and more glimmers of the people speaking up and refusing to follow blindly. Do Hawaii’s Democrats want a vigorous, healthy, transparent, AND democratic Party? Do they want to choose their candidates on the basis of policies and positions? Or are they content to be spoon-fed pablum dished up in back rooms by those who think they know so much better than the common folk? It’s hard to imagine that a sitting congresswoman who wants to be in the world’s most exclusive club — the United States Senate — is terrified of going nose-to-nose with Ed Case (or anyone for that matter). How on earth is she going to stand up for Hawaii on the floor of the U.S. Senate? Regardless of whether Democrats support her or not, all of them should be united in demanding that Lazy Mazie come out from her hiding place and face the voters. Enough news releases, spokesperson’s comments, fluff campaign pieces, and surrogate attacks!

  5. Goober:

    Bigger they are the more, Bureaucratic Standards they leave behind in a bigger pile.
    Elephants hold on to each others tails.

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