One vote

January 31st, 2012

Republicans have filed challenges to the party’s election of Ted Liu, an ally of former Gov. Linda Lingle, as national committeeman.

Liu, the former director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism under Lingle, beat Willes Lee, a former state party chairman, by a single vote in the Jan. 21 election at party headquarters.

The challengers claim that the party improperly allowed votes by proxy and email, tipping the election to Liu, who won 31 to 30.

“As mentioned, the challenges are presented because we believe in fair and honest elections, not one that is cheated or stolen to win,” one Republican said in an email. “It’s about the entire Republican Party having a voice for the `everyday people’ and not just about one person controlling every single aspect of the party.”

David Chang, the state’s GOP chairman, said the challenges are being reviewed in consultation with Terry Thomason, the party’s rules chief.

“We’re taking them seriously,” Chang said.

7 Responses to “One vote”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    I think the bigger problem here is “31-30″; cripes . . . high school clubs have more votes than this total. Are you kidding me?

    Feggitaboutit, move ON already Hawaii Republicans. Stuff like this is why a garden-variety immediate family snapshot has more people in it than the # of Republicans in elected office in this state. Can’t you all get along? Sheesh.

  2. Kolea:

    I’m no expert on the Republican Party Rules, but reading through them, I found this section on elections:

    Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, officers, committee representatives and delegates shall be elected to office by majority vote of those present. Whenever there are more candidates for a position than there are seats to be filled, the election shall be by secret ballot. After each ballot, the candidate receiving the least number of votes shall be eliminated. After each round, the vote total for each candidate shall be announced to those present.

    “By a majority of those present” suggests people have to be present in order to vote. How do you determine a “majority of those present” if you count people who are NOT present? The Rules could have said “a majority of votes cast” or “a majority of those eligible to vote on the question,” so the specific choice of words must be assumed to have significance. Some organizations allow for mail-in ballots on some questions, but such voting procedures need to be agreed upon in advance. The body making the decision is the State Committee of the Republican Party. Has it been standard practice to allow for emailed votes? I see no provision in their Rules to allow for the use of proxies. If an officer is unable to attend, he/she may designate an alternate, which is a different thing. Roberts requires the voting process to be standardized and not jerryrigged according to the convenience of one faction or another.

    Lingle’s group has bent or broken the Rules before in order to maintain control of the levers of the party. The most egregious examples I am aware of were leading up to and at the 2008 GOP State Convention. But, hey, who ever thought the Republicans operate democratically?

  3. Keith Rollman:

    In other words it was rigged. Another vote for granting Lingle a variance from Republican Party rule #11. That’s the one that says they have to keep the primary process fair. Chang either puts an end to this “take over” or joins it.

  4. ForwardObserver:

    Ted Liu wasn’t he DBEDT director in the Lingle Administration? Terry Thomason? Isn’t her the husband of Kathy Thomason forner Lingle campaign treasurer? Yah, that will be a fair review.

  5. Follow the $:

    As usual the Politico moderates (the usual suspect Lawyer is at it again) are holding back the Republican party. Knowing how the moderate faction has acted in desperation will only make the next vote lean more to Liu if the challenge overturns the that one vote.

  6. Follow the $:

    The other funny thing is that
    “ONE Republican said in an email. “It’s about the entire Republican Party having a voice for the `everyday people’ and not just about ONE person controlling every single aspect of the party.”
    Isn’t funny how one (lawyer) is the trying to pull the strings to control the vote in her favor
    and probably leaked the story to the press for media leverage and to help her degrade the party in the publics eye..
    The other irony is that new blood ‘everday’ committee members and not the long term rich politicos were the ones that voted for Liu.

  7. Goober:

    lingle who?

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