Political Radar


August 5th, 2014

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.



6 Responses to “Costs”

  1. innocent observer:

    sshan, you don't have to apologize, but you could have maintained only one office and save the state some money. why was there a need for two offices- when in reality you don't do anything? you attitude amounts to arrogance, just like Abercrombie.

  2. Chicken Grease:

    Yeah, you know. On the surface level, it REALLY looks like a Tsutsui would lose his boyish smirk permanently in a debate with a Hee. One thing about Hee, every word, every sentence is a deliberate one; he does not mince words and he really comes off as someone who studies each and every issue in which Hee (:)) is involved. And, quite frankly, that's what a pile-oftician should do for his or her consituents.

    Shan Tsutui, well, he's more "Lt. Governor" than a Hee. In essence, a Hee, incidentally enough, with his attitude and know-how, would be a strong contender as a Senator or U.S. Representative (yes, in that order) down the road. Somehow, a Grease thought Hee would understand the banality and "backup singer"-ness of an Lt. Gov' office. You know, Hee will have less influence as Lt. Governor than he does currently. Perhaps he would do well to go back to OHA as he was pretty effective there, at times. Hawaii needs a Hee where he currently is and a Tsutsui where he currently is. Understanding "where you belong" in politics is essential, a Grease thinks. So, will be interesting how this one turns out, no matter WHO wins, in the long run.

    They're both effective in their current respective roles. They don't roll a stone up a mountain, only to have that stone roll back down, and them doing it all over again, daily. Most of us don't have that problem.

    voter 1: "Didjyou hear? shan and Hee's race is in a statistical dead heat."
    Voter 2: "Who's dead? What sham? Why you talkin' 'bout Djou? Thought you voted Democrat alla time?" [enter laugh trax]
    voter 1: "No ya numbskull! [enter laugh trax] Not Djou! Hee and Shan!" [enter laugh trax, distinct sound of woman yelping]
    Voter 2: "'He' who? AND WHAT SHAM? Please tell me! I just got identity thefted last month?"
    Voter 1: "Really? Who I.D. thefted you?"
    Voter 2: "Not sure. Cops didn't get a name, so, was someone probably, uh, [delete], think was the word they used." [enter laugh trax, sound of man cough-laughing]
    Voter 1: "Ah, of course."
    Voter 2: "But, tell me about this 'he' who is shamming people!"
    Voter 1: [sighs] "No ya' loon! The race for lieutenant governor's office! Shan and Hee! Dead heat!!!!"
    Voter 2: "Ah, I see! Someone's shamming the vote for the lieutenant governor's race! Well. At least they know it's a 'he' and not a 'her'; AND someone's DEAD, lying in the sun, because o'dis!?!?! Oy vey, someone call da' Feds in ah'eady!"
    Voter 1: [walks away] [enter laugh trax]

    # # #

  3. Guido Sarducci:

    Everything you need to know about Clayton Hee:

  4. Jared:

    Has anyone looked into Senator Hee's budget and spending practices while at the capitol? He had one of biggest offices and judiciary committee staff at the legislature compared.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    I look at it this way: voting for Hee is a vote to get him out of the legislature and to politically neuter him in the process. He'll be a thorn in the side of the Governor (IF they win in the general) but LG's are harmless, if not useless, and he'll be no different. And, no, that doesn't set him up to run for Governor in 4 or 8 years. Even Hawaii voters are smart enuf and have memories long enuf not to go down that road to he!!.

  6. (Jesse)James:

    Ohia...isn't Hee going to be out of the Legislature anyway since he has to give up his seat to run for LG as his term is up this year???

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