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Ige unhappy with Democratic speech snub

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A gubernatorial candidate is mad about a democratic diss. State Senator David Ige claims it's because Governor Neil Abercrombie is scared of him. Right now candidate Ige will not be able to give a speech at the Democratic convention, but there is a chance he may still get to take the podium.

"Obviously it's not fair. Every convention for going back as far as we could see all major candidates especially for statewide offices had the opportunity to address the convention," said Sen. Ige.

State Senator David Ige isn't necessarily a fiery man, but he is fired up about not being able to address the Democratic convention next month when Governor Neil Abercrombie was given five minutes.

"I can understand why the Governor is afraid of me speaking but I do believe that the members of the Democratic Party want to hear all major candidates," said Sen. Ige.

He also accuses Governor Abercrombie and his employees, some of whom are coordinating the convention, of plotting against him and changing the rules to prevent him from speaking.

"Just look at the people who are making those decisions. They all work for the Governor," said Sen. Ige. "They clearly are concerned."

"I don't work for Neil Abercrombie and so their allegations are not true," said Dante Carpenter, Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair.

Chair Carpenter dismisses Ige's claim of anything underhanded going on.

"There are no rules that say anybody can speak. But normally those who hold various offices can and are allowed to address the body in their official capacity because they're reporting to their constituents," said Carpenter.

This year because there are 100 Democratic candidates only the top eight who already hold office will get a chance to speak. That said there is a chance Ige may get to speak after all.

"Nothing is carved in stone. We try to be as flexible as we can," said Carpenter. "The idea is not to shut anybody out if at all possible so if it can be accommodated we will certainly look for that opportunity to do so."

Carpenter also says this year's convention is half a day shorter than the previous ones. There is still a meet and greet time for all candidates.

Speeches aside the last word on the race will come in the primary in August 9.

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