By BJ Reyes
State Sen. Clayton Hee, who entered the last two weeks of the campaign for lieutenant governor with a larger amount of cash on hand, has a new TV commercial out this week as he tries to overtake incumbent Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui.
The 30-second spot highlights the costs associated with Tsutsui's opening of lieutenant governor's office on Maui.
Tsutsui was the first neighbor islander to become lieutenant governor when, as state Senate president, he ascended to the post in December 2012 to succeed Brian Schatz upon his appointment to the U.S. Senate to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Tsutsui has defended the Maui office:
"I'm not going to apologize for being from a neighbor island. I don't think anybody should have to."
The race for the Democratic nomination is in a statistical dead heat, according to the most recent Hawaii Poll.