Still Liu

April 7th, 2012

State Republicans on Saturday chose not to rescind a vote taken in January to elect Ted Liu, the former director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, as the Republican National Committeeman.

“Ted Liu is still our national committeeman,” said David Chang, the state GOP chairman.

Several Republicans had protested the January vote, alleging, among other things, that some votes were cast improperly by proxy. Liu had beaten Willes Lee, a former state party chairman, by a single vote.

Chang said the motion on Saturday to rescind the January election was overwhelmingly defeated, which he believes shows that most Republicans thought the initial tally was conducted fairly.

Liu, an ally of former Gov. Linda Lingle, will serve as the national committeeman through the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.

Republicans will decide at the state convention in May who their national committeeman should be after August, setting up another potential clash between Liu and Lee.

Miriam Hellreich, a veteran Republican fundraiser, is the national committeewoman.

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