GOP can’t be blamed for Hawaii’s problems

Looking historically, Hawaii has never really given the Republicans a fair chance of any kind. The state has only had one Republican U.S. senator in Hiram Fong and he last served in 1977.

Our state has only had two U.S. representatives in Pat Saiki, who last served in 1991, and Charles Djou, who didn’t even get to serve a full term. He won a special election when Neil Abercrombie vacated the seat to run for governor.

Sure, we had Linda Lingle for governor, but she did not have a majority in either house to work with. Currently our Legislature has only one Republican senator in Sam Slom. The House has only seven out of 51 seats held by Republicans.

Based on that, the problems in this state cannot be blamed on the Republicans. The high cost of living, inflation, the rising number of homelessness and families on some form of assistance can really only be blamed on one party. Sorry, but that is just the reality. It happened from voting Democrat.

Let’s change that this year. I am not saying only vote Republican, but I know of a few that would have a great impact on this state. They are Duke Aiona, Elwin Ahu, Cam Cavasso, Charles Djou, Marissa Capelouto, Joe Kamaka, and the guy I am working most closely with is Cranston Kapoi, who is challenging Speaker Joe Souki.

Erin McLaughlin