January 8, 2011

Gene Ward, the next GOP flag-bearer?

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 10:28 am

With Linda Lingle and Charles Djou (temporarily?) hunkering down into post-political East Honolulu bunkers, and with Senator Sam Slom, i.e. the entire Senate Minority Caucus, quixotically presenting himself as the desperate rhetorical bomb-thrower, and with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle distancing himself from the GOP during the election season, and with Duke Aiona, well, getting his ass thoroughly kicked by Neil Abercrombie…

It would appear that Representative Gene Ward, leader of the House Minority Caucus, is the new face of the Hawaii Republican Party, its so-called “titular head.” Lenny Klompus, a man suddenly without a political portfolio after years of carefully grooming Governor Lingle’s media presence, has hitched his wagon to Ward. Within days of Klompus’ arrival, Ward and other House Republicans have publicly sided with the one-member-too-small faction of House Democrats supporting Calvin Say to remain as House Speaker. I have a strong hunch that Klompus influenced that decision.

Sound about right to you, too?


  1. I would think that Lenny “influenced” but I don’t know to what degree. I think the real question here will be how long will Lingle lay low before she ramps up her 2012 Senate Campaign and how will that effect the GOP leadership. Meanwhile, Gene is rising.

    Comment by Peter Kay — January 9, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  2. Say’s response to the Republican Minority’s vote of confidence was an unequivocal “thanks, but no thanks”. If Lenny engineered that endorsement in order to curry favor with Say it apparently didn’t work. Gene Ward’s decision to bring Lenny onboard is shortsighted in view of Lingle’s stated intention to run for the US Senate in 2012. He should expect Lenny to abandon House Republicans and join Lingle’s campaign team as soon as the money starts rolling in her direction.

    Comment by ForwardObserver — January 10, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  3. I don’t think it’s Lenny who’s hitched his wagon to Gene, I think it’s quite the other way ’round. Gene is a boob who needs someone to keep him from walking into minefields and blowing himself up. Lenny would, perhaps, have kept Gene from fawning over Dog Chapman a few years back, only to have Dog show his true white trash roots with his use of the “N” word. As is the case with any number of politicians, Lenny is the ventriloquist, and Gene is the dummy. With other politicians, it’s yet other politicians who play the respective roles. Can you say “Donna Mercado Kim and Joey Manahan” and identify who plays which role? And it matters not that Lenny will jump ship when it comes time to help rehabilitate Linda into a viable Senate candidate. Moving Gene’s lips keeps Lenny’s hand in the game and makes Gene look almost like a strategic thinker . . . . NOT. Gene will be ahead of where he was whenever Lenny leaves. Finally, Lenny was never looking to curry favor with Calvin. The “unconditional” offer of support was made for the purpose of showing that the House Republicans can be relevant, that Calvin has a need that they can fill, etc. It was not a genuine offer; if anything, it showed Calvin up and embarassed him. After all, if you can’t organize with 43 seats out of 51, what CAN you do?

    Comment by ohiaforest3400 — January 18, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  4. i guess gene just has to keep his hands out of the crotches of sleeping young women on transpacific flights or strange international extortion schemes and he’ll be able to maintain his titularity.

    Comment by line of flight — February 6, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Fric? Meet Frac! Linda the Smith has reunified with Lenny the Bupkus under the auspices of Gene the Hoard(er). I didn’t know it took two ventriloquists to make one dummy talk. What is this, a bad remake of “The Three Stooges”?

    Comment by ohiaforest3400 — February 8, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

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