Political Radar

`In discussions ...'

January 17th, 2014

A few weeks ago, political insiders were speculating that former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann might run for Congress.

More recently, the talk behind-the-scenes is governor -- as a Republican.

Hannemann lost badly in the Democratic primary for governor in 2010 and in the Democratic primary for Congress in 2012, fueling the perception that the moderate-to-conservative leaning former mayor's political career is over in Democratic Party politics.

The Star-Advertiser asked Hannemann in a telephone message whether he is in discussions about switching political parties and running for governor as a Republican.

Hannemann responded via email.

Many people talk to me every day--Republicans, Independents and Democrats--expressing to me that our government should be doing better, especially at the top.

I am indeed in discussions with a lot of people, seeking their input and searching my heart on how and where to best serve our community and expect to make a decision at the right time.

8 Responses to “`In discussions ...'”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Best thing for Mufi is to sit this cycle out. Another loss would essentially end his checkered career and only cement his reputation as a hard headed person who didn't listen to the voters when they turned him away with resounding defeats. The recent Supreme Court case that gave the public a rare inside view of his conduct relating to punishing any person who he (or his brothers) perceived as damaging his precious image was extremely damaging as it gave the public the evidence of his vindictive personality which his opponents have spoken about for years.

  2. Keith Rollman:

    Your comment is based on the false assumption that winning the Democrat primary is some mandatory preliminary step to be declared acceptable for public office. Like Frank Fasi before him, Hannemann has every right, should he choose, to go around them and be evaluated by all the voters in a general election. Being a Democrat is not required in order to be elected.

  3. Kolea:

    Yeah, but Frank Fasi was actual POPULAR, even if he annoyed the democratic Old Boy Network. Don't let the false analogy mislead you into seeing a possibility where not exists.

    Or, go ahead. It's your money. And if the GOP wants to show how utterly unprincipled they are, that is OK with me, too. I will throw some popcorn in the microwave and find a comfortable armchair. This is gonna be FUN!

  4. Manoa Kahuna:

    I hope he runs.

    It will only serve to finally, totally discredit the bankrupt corrupt Republican Party.

    It also might be a Waterloo for Sam Slom and other GOP Legislators.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Run Francis Run.

    Wonder if he is still counting on those who look like
    him to vote for him.

  6. ForwardObserver:

    I seem to recall that at one time Linda Lingle appeared to be courting Mufi to become a Republican. For his part, Mufi attended both party's conventions when he was in the City Council running for mayor. It may have be Sen. Dan who finally made Mufi distance himself from the Republicans. Like Case, maybe there may be no hope for Mufi as as Democrat because that well is now poisoned for him. The Republicans are in need of a new messiah and he might be the person that they can rally around.

  7. sue:

    gasp! are Republicans that desperate for candidates? Is Mufi so egotistical? oh, I guess so... Ed Case was a Blue Dog Dem, which in Hawaii is equivalent to Republican, no?

  8. Especially Incognito:

    Same thing said with President Obama being the "Messiah".
    republicans are plagiarists.

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