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LG vids

July 18th, 2014

The top two candidates in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor have new videos supporting their campaigns.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has a new TV commercial out this week. The 30-second spot features the Maui native talking about his experience as a small business owner and his legislative record as state Senate president.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Clayton Hee has an online endorsement video released this week, featuring North Shore resident Denise discussing the judiciary chairman's efforts for the community, environment and social justice.

The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor also includes former TV journalist Mary Zanakis, Sam Puletasi and Miles Shiratori. Both are unopposed.


On the Republican side, Elwin Ahu, a senior pastor at New Hope Oahu, faces Honolulu entrepreneur Kimo Sutton. Those two squared off in a debate Thursday night on PBS Hawaii's Insights.

The race for lieutenant governor also includes Les Chang, running for the Indpendent Party, and Libertarian Cynthia "Lahi" Marlin.


2 Responses to “LG vids”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Admittedly, Tsutui's ads are much more direct than Hee's (a Grease DID think Hee would've come out like Rocky; looks like Tsutsui's coming out as Drago [vs. Creed]). Hee's seems so tangential, talking about his son and . . . what???? I really wanna vote for Hee, but, I dunno.

  2. Kolea:

    I steeled myself and watched the entire PBS video. Both of the Republican candidates for LG strike me as "not ready for primetime." Ahu strikes me as sincere. Mistaken in his conviction it is OK to use government power to impose one's religious beliefs on others. But sincere.

    Kimo Sutton was the opposite. Sutton has followed his father's footsteps and been a perpetual candidate. He argues this makes him "experienced" and capable of help Duke's campaign. Help Duke's campaign do what, lose? Because that is what his "experience" amounts to. Where Ahu seems sincere, Sutton seems calculating and opportunist, possessing the worst aspects of a professional politician's evasive, dissembling doublespeak. But with none of the virtues a politician learns, the ability to negotiate, to compromise, to lead.

    I assume those Republicans willing to vote in their own primary rather than cross over to meddle in the Democrat's nominating process will see through Sutton and vote overwhelmingly for Ahu.

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