Hannemann to Run for Congress
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann will announce today that he will enter the Democratic primary for the Aloha State's 2nd District seat, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. The seat is being vacated by Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for the Senate.
Hannemann becomes the most prominent candidate to enter the race for the safe Democratic seat. He ran against now-Gov. Neil Abercombie in last year's Democratic gubernatorial primary, and lost badly, after a running a campaign with negative tactics that rubbed many voters the wrong way.
Hannemann's decision also has implications for the Senate race. Had Hannemann opted for an upper chamber run, the centrist Democrat would have threatened to pull support away from former Rep. Ed Case. Now the Democratic contest is shaping up as a two-candidate race between Case and Hirono.