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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Fact Check: Carlisle misleads on his involvement in Republican Party
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 6032 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment


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HONOLULU-- Hawaii Republican Party Chairman Jonah Ka'auwai released the following statement regarding comments made by Mayoral Candidate Peter Carlisle and his association with the Hawaii Republican Party during his interview on the KITV morning show:

“Mr. Carlisle is fortunate that his statements about his involvement in the Republican Party do not have to stand up in court.   Although he claims that he was not an “active member” and only involved for a “few months”, the fact is Carlisle was a registered party member for 4 years, chaired two State Republican Party Conventions, emceed a major party fundraiser, and ran as a party member for reelection in 2008.  It is unclear why he feels it is necessary to mislead voters about his membership and involvement with the Republican Party.  This flat out lie raises questions about what else Carlisle would be willing to mislead voters about.

“Republicans need to understand that Peter Carlisle obviously no longer and may have never believed in the principals of our party, especially the principal of fiscal accountability, given his zealous support of Mufi Hannemann’s rail project which he admits is not fiscally responsible.

“Fortunately Republican candidate for Mayor Panos Prevedoruos embraces the principals of Liberty, Limited Government, Individual Responsibility, Fiscal Accountability, and Equality of opportunity.  Hawaii deserves leaders who say and do what they mean.  While Carlisle is busy covering up his past, Prevedouros is campaigning on a vision for a brighter future."

Below is a summary of statements made by Mr. Carlisle and a clarification of the facts.

  • CLAIM: Carlisle says he was involved in “Republican politics for several months at the request of Linda Lingle.”

  • FACT: Carlisle joined the Republican Party in March of 2006 when he was exploring a run for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District and was a registered member until his resignation in May of 2009. 

  • CLAIM: Carlisle says “As Prosecutor I was not an active Republican at all.”

  • FACT: Carlisle was the Republican Party State Convention Chairman in 2006 and 2007 and was the Emcee of the Governors Ball in 2008.

  • CLAIM: Carlisle says, “I never ran as a Republican.”

  • FACT: Although it was a non-partisan race, Carlisle was a registered republican during his reelection campaign in 2008.  


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