Lingle blasts Democrats
at Big Isle lunch

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii » A day after the Democratic-controlled Legislature wrapped up its 2004 session, Republican Gov. Linda Lingle flew to the Big Island yesterday to see some friendly faces.

"This is the one place where I know there are a lot of Republicans in the room," Lingle told about 200 people gathered at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani for a $50-a-plate Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She told the audience of business owners that Democrats shot down her administration's efforts to reform such things as education and workers' compensation.

"We thought they had a higher responsibility to the people in this state. You're not just voting against me, you're voting against the will of the people across the state who voted me into office," she said.


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