The Ige administration issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring disaster emergency relief for drought-stricken Maui County. Rainfall, stream flow and ground water “continue to be significantly below normal,” says a press release.

The order came from Attorney General Clare Connors, who is acting governor this week while Gov. David Ige is in Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate change summit.

Where is Lt. Gov. Josh Green? Article V, Section 2 of the Hawaii Constitution stipulates that the LG becomes the acting governor “upon the absence” of the governor from the state.

However, Green is traveling this week, too, so Connors assumed the role, Ige’s office announced on Nov. 2. Green will take over when he returns to Hawaii on Thursday. Ige, who left Nov. 3, returns Saturday.

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green speaks to media outside Straub Medical Center urging people to get vaccinated for Covid-19
Lt. Gov. Josh Green has been raising money in the Washington, D.C., area for his expected run for governor in 2022. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

According to the state Campaign Spending Commission, Green has been raising money on the mainland for his expected 2022 run for governor. Green confirmed the fundraisers.

“I was asked in 2020 to keynote the Movement is Life healthcare conference which occurred last week, and took time to see my family after that,” he said Wednesday via text. “I hadn’t seen them in over a year. I return tomorrow. In between I also met with several national entities that are interested in partnering with Hawaii on healthcare disparities and economic development and also attended fundraisers that were organized by friends.”

Green held a fundraiser on Nov. 4 at Bistro Cacao, which serves modern French cuisine, in Washington, D.C. LaFave and Associates, a D.C.-based fundraising and political consulting firm, organized the fundraisers, and the firm’s founder Lori LaFave is on the payroll of Green’s campaign.

Green also was scheduled to raise money Wednesday at the home of David and Beth Javdan of Bethesda, Maryland. The suggested contribution in the latter event is as much as $6,000.

David Javdan is managing director of New York and D.C.-based consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal.

Former Hawaii First Lady Vicky Cayetano is running for governor while former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is strongly leaning in that direction. But Green has thus far raised the most money for the race and has frequently been in the public eye because of his medical background and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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