Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is sending confusing messages to the public and has crossed the line by setting specific dates on how to reopen the economy. This is what the Lieutenant Governor says, adding that the announcements should be left to Governor David Ige.
Lieutenant Governor Josh Green was referring to the mayor’s press conference on Thursday when he said he wanted to authorize restaurant meals on June 5. Green said the press conference had crossed the line.
“Crossing the line is when I sit around the dinner table with my family and people just shake their heads and say: Did the mayor just make the announcements that the governor is supposed to make?” This is what we all think and it is not appropriate, “said Green.
He says Caldwell confuses the public by announcing such a schedule because it is not his role to do so.
“It really doesn’t help to have him jump the line and have a special press conference to get attention. It is counterproductive and it shows a lack of focus on important things like law enforcement, homelessness, etc. Said Green.
He adds that this is the critical moment for everyone in Hawaii, as he begins to move forward and there should be clear messages from the designated officials.
“It’s not just the governor who is overwhelmed when the mayor of Honolulu comes out and launches a new date out of nowhere that we have not seen. It also undermines General Hara and it’s not good, “said Green.
“I know people are confused. People called yesterday to say they were angry. What do you mean we have to stay home for a month? Caldwell said in an interview on Wake Up 2Day.
He admits that some of his messages were confusing. He extended the emergency order until the end of June. But relaxation of restrictions in parks and beaches. He says these are all recommendations from his medical panel.
But when it comes to dining in restaurants on June 5, he says that he and the other mayors have presented these types of proposals beforehand through the governor’s office.
“Before we do anything, we share our ideas by writing our draft proposal with the governor and all the mayors to see how we can do it better. Are there things missing? And then we go ahead with the governor’s agreement, “said Caldwell.