Questions raised about panel investigating Say

Questions raised about panel investigating Say

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The group challenging Hawaii Rep. Calvin Say's qualifications is asking why Rep. Karl Rhoads shared evidence with Say's attorneys.

Rhoads is chairman of the special House committee that's investigating voters' claims that Say doesn't live in the district he represents.

But Rhoads got information that indicated two of the six voters challenging Say also don't live in the district. Rhoads said he shared the information with Say, and Say's attorneys submitted the information as evidence discrediting the voters' claims.

Attorney Lance Collins represents the voters. He said if Rhoads is helping Say, he questions whether the committee is investigating or whitewashing.

House rules prohibit anyone living outside a lawmaker's district from challenging residency. Rhoads said he had an obligation to share that information with Say. Collins said he didn't get the same courtesy.

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