In The Washington Post’s rundown of the nations top 15 gubernatorial races they call the competitive Hawaii contest a “surprise.” Here’s some excerpts:
In Hawaii, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) remains unpopular and is dealing with a primary challenger. If he wins the Democratic nomination, his reward will be a tough general election campaign in which he will have to contend with not only former lieutenant governor Duke Aiona (R), but former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann, who is running as an independent. Hannemann was Abercrombie’s Democratic opponent in 2010, so he has the ability to pull votes away from the governor.
Abercrombie is not a sure bet to make the general election. He faces state Sen. David Ige (D). Abercrombie has a lot more money than Ige, but he’s also battling lingering unpopularity.
Excerpts from Dan Boylan’s Seasons Of The Political Year – MidWeek, May 7, 2014
Abercrombie already faces a primary challenge in the person of state Sen. David Ige. If he gets by his fellow Democrat in the primary, he will then face a rematch with the two men who opposed him in 2010, Republican Duke Aiona and newly minted Independent Mufi Hannemann.
Hannemann’s decision to run as an Independent finds historical precedent in the dilemma of the late Frank Fasi. Democrat Fasi began running for governor in 1974, but he could not get through the Democratic primary. George Ariyoshi beat him twice in a four-person contest in ’74 and again in 1978.
In 1994, Fasi created something called the Best Party and ran a third time for Hawaii’s highest office. The Democrats put up Ben Cayetano; the Republicans, Pat Saiki.
Cayetano won with 35.8 percent of the vote. Fasi, on the basis of a devoted personal following, ran second with 30 percent. Saiki finished third with 28.6 percent.
This year Hannemann is betting that he can do what Fasi couldn’t, that his base of supporters is rabid enough to carry him past the candidates running under the more traditional Democratic and Republican labels – and he’s undoubtedly carrying around some polling numbers that indicate he can do it.
Should he, that would make for a most amazing story.
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men [and women] have died to win them.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
“And I’m proud to be an American, at least I know I’m free and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me and I’ll probably stand up next to him to defend her still today, cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA “ – Lee Greenwood
“Happy Memorial Day , especially to the families and loved ones of those Patriots who lost their lives in the service of our beloved country.” -Mufi and Gail
I have always been impressed and grateful for all the effort and work put forth by the Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts every year to ensure that Memorial Day in the 808 is a memorable and treasured moment for all of us to reflect, remember and experience. HonoluluStarAdvertiser Article: Girl Scout leads peers to decorate vets’ graves.
Mufi Hannemann announces candidacy for Hawaii governor’s race. (2:18) CLICK LINK TO VIEW http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25330669/breaking-mufi-hannemann?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10091017
Tanya Joaquin intereviews Mufi Hannemann (14:10) CLICK LINK TO VIEW http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25330669/breaking-mufi-hannemann?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10091017&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10090562
Tanya Joaquin Sunrise – Mufi Announces Run for Governor (6:52) CLICK LINK TO VIEW http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25330669/breaking-mufi-hannemann?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10091017&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10090562&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10088269
By Mufi Hannemann
After much thought and contemplation, I believe it is time for me to resign from the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
It is an extremely difficult decision because the Democratic Party revolutionized Hawaii. It made our society more equitable, more fair, and more inclusive. It made these islands a better place for all of us.
But just as the national Republican Party has often been dominated by its far-right ideologues, the Democratic Party has its share of those who advocate partisan extremism. The party activists’ unsuccessful bid to eliminate Hawaii’s open primary system, which they are still challenging; their threats to expel Democratic public officials and members who do not toe the party line; and their other ‘true believer’ rhetoric goes against everything the party has stood for since its rise to power in the 1950’s.
Rather than becoming a unifying force for the greater good of all Hawaii, the party is now divided, with many members unhappy over the abandonment of the values of inclusion espoused by party leaders like John Burns, George Ariyoshi, Dan Inouye, Patsy Mink, Spark Matsunaga, John Waihee, Ben Cayetano, Daniel Akaka and so many others.
Growing up in Kalihi, I fondly recall the Democratic Party of my youth, when it clearly championed the little guy and prioritized the needs of the working class. Everyone felt welcomed because it was all about encouraging people irrespective of their ethnicity, education, or social status to pursue the American Dream.
I believe most Americans are fed up and frustrated with the partisanship that has paralyzed Congress and many state and local governments across the nation. They’re tired of the bickering that has stymied our progress on the economy, our education system, our quality of life, our aging infrastructure, and meaningful reforms affecting everything from business to the social safety net for those whom it was intended to help–especially our seniors, to campaign reform.
Greater numbers of Americans are identifying themselves as independents. In my discussions with the Hawaii Independent Party it is clear that HIP wants to bring energy, new ideas, and creative members to help shape public policy beyond the 40-plus percent who identify themselves as Independents, but for the state as a whole.
We need to bear in mind that it is the role of elected officials to reflect the will of the people and the values that are inherent in the community. This philosophy and perspective should always supersede a political agenda. Government leaders shouldn’t rule over the people; government leaders should serve them.
If one is interested in being dominated by party politics there are lots of choices to maintain the status quo, but if your focus is putting what is best for Hawaii’s people first, the answer can be found in the clear choice that the new Hawaii Independent Party will offer. That’s the big idea behind HIP and why I am motivated and want to become part of their movement and cause.
Washington Post – April 26 – Hawaii has made the official listing of governors races to watch. Incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie is described as “unpopular.” With your continued help and support Mufi Hannemann can win and bring true change to Hawaii.