HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Democrats
in Hawaii now have a new member to add to its party list. Senator
Mike Gabbard announced Thursday he is switching parties to become
Gabbard says his decision was made after discussing his intentions
with his daughter who served as a former State Representative.
With supporters by his side, Gabbard says he was drawn to the
Democratic party by the people around him.
"It was also talking story with Senator Akaka and also
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and also Senator McCartney
that I really got the Democrats and leadership but also with
my constituents, Democrats, Republicans and Independents that
I came to this decision," said Senator Gabbard.
Gabbard, who represents Kalaeloa and Makakilo neighborhoods
as a Republican, first became a public figure in the 1990s as
a leader in the campaign to ban gay marriages in the islands.
Some Democrat Party members have said they didn't want him
to join because of his opposition to gay marriages and civil
Although some have questioned Gabbard's motives for the party
switch, he says politics had nothing to do with his decision.