A former Hawaii Republican resigned from the party Wednesday and now wants to become a Democrat, arguing that her former party was dominated by "racism and sexism."
State Rep. Beth Fukumoto became a member of the party eight years ago. Last year, she said a fellow Republican told her, "We are the party of middle America. I don't care if the demographics don't fit."
Fukumoto interpreted that as a "colonial mindset" that led to racism and sexism rather than traditional Republican values like small government.