Political Radar


May 9th, 2014

State Sen. Clayton Hee has scheduled an announcement for Sunday at `Iolani Palace on a bid for office.

Sources say the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will challenge Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui in the Democratic primary.

Hee is in his second stint in the state Senate. He also served as trustee for the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs and in the state House.

Hee made unsuccessful bids for lieutenant governor in 2002 and for Congress in 2006.

Tsutsui, the former state Senate president, became lieutenant governor in 2012 after Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed then-Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

6 Responses to “LG”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Isn't he up for re-election to his senate seat? Why would he forego that, other than that Tsutsui is pretty much of a weenie? Posting him to a harmless outpost like the LG's office seems like a good way to get rid of him, whereas getting rid of Donna Kim involves making her our CD 1 Rep.

  2. Guido Sarducci:

    Hee for Governor, 2018

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Father forgive him, for Hee knows not what he do....

    Hee plans a roast in honor of Tsutsui...mustard and relish extra cost..
    Fundraiser for Hee...

  4. Nala007:

    I really like Clayton Hee as a State Senator and wish be would stay put. If he does run for LG, he has my vote in the primary. What I don't like about this is that folks like Richard Fale will erroneously declare victory and claim that Hee is afraid to face a Republican opponent in the general election. We better get a strong Democrat to run in that district otherwise we could end up with a Senator Colleen Meyer or worse Senator Richard Fale.

  5. Hmmm:

    Any run for LG or Gov necessitates a state rep or senator to leave their seat. Only running for federal office when one isn't up for election allows one to keep their seat.

    Hee might have both a campaign fundraising advantage and name recognition advantage on Tsutsui... But he also has his reputation...

    Should be interesting to see if his work on minimum wage and gay marriage have changed people's views on him... It is a dem primary so it is left leaning more than usual

  6. Nala007:

    His work on marriage equality and minimum wage are two reasons why I support Hee. I often find myself agreeing with him on many issues he champions. Regardless of "reputation," Hee does get results. That is why I would love to see him stay put in Senate as opposed to a do nothing LG position. But either way, Hee has my vote!

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