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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
National Journal: Good News For Hawaii Republicans?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:44 AM :: 7936 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here’s a sampling of news coverage of Jonah Kaauwai’s resignation as GOP Chair:

SA: Nonaka: Its time to move on and Focus on 2012

Under the party's rules of succession, Beth Fukumoto, the party's first vice chairwoman, becomes interim chairwoman. Fukumoto, who works in the state House Minority Research Office, could serve until a permanent replacement is chosen at the party's convention in May.

"I am actually looking forward to trying to bring unity," said Fukumoto, 28, who unsuccessfully ran for the state House last year. "I just want to see more Republicans elected, to tell you the truth."

The factionalism that led to Kaauwai's departure is another blot on a party that has fought to stay relevant in a traditionally Democratic state. But if Kaauwai's ouster does end the infighting and Republicans are able to unite, the party has the potential to be competitive next year with Lingle and Djou, which could also help Republicans in state House and Senate races.

"I hope everybody can come together and move forward to win elections," said Dylan Nonaka, the former GOP executive director under Kaauwai. "We've got a lot of big opportunities next year, and it's time to move on and focus."

NJ: Good News For Hawaii Republicans?

Jonah Kaauwai, the embattled head of Hawaii's Republican Party resigned Monday, bringing to end what was a rocky tenure for the state party under the watch of a man whose brand of conservatism and fundraising problems caused headaches for many Republicans. His decision removes an obstacle for the party's current and prospective federal candidates in 2012 -- particularly former Gov. Linda Lingle.

AP: Hawaii GOP chairman steps down under pressure

HNN Dan Boylan: VIDEO (Democrat Boylan, whose son is Dan Inouye’s press spokesperson, tries to spin Kaauwai resignation as a victory for gay marriage. Who could be stupid enough to buy that story?)

Hawaii Reporter: There is little doubt that Fukumoto’s alliance will be to the Lingle faction (WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!)

Political Radar: Resignation 

Maui News: Inability to raise funds leads to resignation

Full Text: Hawaii GOP Leaders Call for Ouster of Party Chair

Full Text: Hawaii GOP Chair Resigns, Issues Call for Unity

HFP: Hawaii Republicans Looking for Leadership Find only Factionalism


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