By Derrick DePledge
State House Speaker Joseph Souki on Tuesday announced that he is endorsing Gov. Neil Abercrombie for re-election.
Abercrombie is in an unexpectedly tight Democratic primary campaign against state Sen. David Ige.
Souki also endorsed Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, a fellow Maui Democrat.
Tsutsui is up against state Sen. Clayton Hee and former television reporter Mary Zanakis in the Democratic primary.
“Governor Abercrombie works collaboratively with other leaders to do what’s right for the people of Hawaii,” Souki said in a statement. “This year’s legislative session saw the passage of key measures that benefited Hawaii’s people, including more funding for early education, a minimum wage increase and the preservation of Turtle Bay. I am proud to endorse Neil Abercrombie for a second term as governor."
“Lt. Governor Tsutsui has earned the trust and respect of legislators and leaders throughout the islands,” he said. “His rise from being the first senator from Maui to serve as Senate president to his current role as lieutenant governor of our state speaks volumes. I am proud to endorse Shan Tsutsui for lieutenant governor.”