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• Put up, or shut up
• Chameleon politics
Put up, or shut up
Recently a letter was written to the Forum critical of Councilmember Jay Furfaro. The basic point was that Mr. Furfaro has a conflict of interest and should have resigned from the Council when he took the job with the Princeville Corporation. In regards to the County Council, the author stated “it is time to throw all the rascals out”. Quite often people write letters to the Forum, some of them repeatedly, complaining about the Council, and the next time we have an election for the new Council, you will not see any of their names on the ballot. So at the next election, stop talking and do something. If the chronic complainers can do any better, prove it.
The article announcing Jay Furfaro’s return to the Democratic party was a source of bemusement but speaks clearly of the chameleon state of politics on Kaua‘i.
As past President of the Republican party, I took over the position as a favor to Mr. Furfaro who was the current Republican Party President at that time. At no time did Mr. Furfaro make any statement that he was involved with Republican Party for the future of supporting Kusaka (another party crossover?)
My deceased wife Melinda restarted the Republican women’s party as President and took over the main Party leadership when I stepped down.
Similar to Jay Furfaro, I have held no active party affiliation in the three years since my wife’s untimely passing.
Unlike Mr. Furfaro, I still believe in the two party system that has been the backbone of the success of this wonderful Country of ours.
I know a lot of the people on Kaua‘i are very disappointed in the state of affairs created by our current council members of which Jay proudly says he intends to continue with.
I have one question to pose to Mr. Furfaro: “What color will you as a chameleon be as you deal with being the General Manager of Princeville Operating Company and a councilmember.”
In my mind this is a clear conflict of interest. The Princeville Operating Company is a major developer on the Island of Kaua‘i.
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