Republican representative joins Democratic party

HONOLULU (AP) - Republican Hawaii state Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson is switching political parties. Johanson announced Monday that he'll be joining the Democratic party because he's increasingly put at odds with Republicans. He says many Republicans have become "more narrow in their demands for ideological purity." Gov. David Ige says he's pleased to welcome Johanson to the majority party. Hawaii Republican Party Chairwoman Pat Saiki calls the switch "disgraceful." She says he's sacrificing principles for political ambition. She says he's a disappointment to the nearly 4,000 people who voted for him less than two months ago. In 2012, Johanson became the youngest minority leader in recent history at age 32. He represents Moanalua, Foster Village and Aiea.
Courtesy of Hawaii News Now

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