Aiona has challenger for GOP nomination for governor


POSTED: Wednesday, May 27, 2009


A longtime Honolulu lawyer who was trounced in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary says he will challenge Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona in next year’s GOP primary for governor.

John Carroll faces an uphill battle against Aiona, who has already been endorsed by Gov. Linda Lingle and is being assisted by the state Republican Party.

Lingle defeated Carroll in the 2002 primary by a 9 to 1 margin.

But the 79-year-old Carroll says he can make headway against Aiona by, for example, emphasizing his opposition to pending legislation in Congress to establish a Native Hawaiian government.

Carroll announced the launching of an exploratory campaign committee at a private gathering Wednesday.