?He states that said Democrats are immoral because what they intend to do at the legislature will go against God?s values,? Freed said.
Okino agreed his endorsement of Republicans violated party rules.
?If they expel me from the party then probably I am going to have to work from outside, but regardless I am not going to change my outlook,? Okino said.
He claimed other Democrats have broken other party rules without consequence, but he said he's being targeted because he's running against Blake Oshiro, the state House Judiciary Chairman who championed the civil unions legislation.
Oshiro, who is gay, said he was concerned when Okino announced plans to challenge him. ?I think, initially, there was some fear and trepidation that this would turn into a personal attack.?
But Oshiro said except for a single Okino flyer focused on civil unions, social issues have not yet dominated the campaign for the 33rd district -- from Aiea to Halawa. Oshiro said he thinks Okino is only hurting himself with his endorsements.
?When you've called out your colleagues as being on the dark side and basically campaigned against them, how effective are you going to be when you have to work with them in caucus?? Oshiro asked.
Okino said voters have responded positively. ?That someone would be willing to stand up and say it?s not parties that matter but values that matter. That is resonating very well in the community,? Okino said.
The complaint against Okino has several steps to go in the party discipline process. Similar complaints have the past have taken many months, and usually led to a compromise, like a letter of reprimand instead of expulsion.