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.