Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced Thursday he intends to run for governor as an independent. Hannemann “said it will be a daunting challenge to win the governor’s race as an Independent candidate, but he can do it.” (Hawaii News Now)
The announcement means the 2014 race will be a near-replica of 2010, when Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) defeated Hannemann in the Democratic primary and then beat former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona (R) in the general election. Aiona is also expected to run again this year. In the intervening cycle Hannemann launched an unsuccessful House bid in 2012 in HI-02 and lost the primary to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D).
The former Honolulu mayor “says he’s a life-long Democrat, but has concerns with party’s current direction,” and said “”I feel that the party has strayed from working class values.” Hannemann: “I do better in general elections and that’s what I think is important. Yes I lost big Democratic primaries. There’s a reason, but in the general election, we really like our chances.” (KITV-TV)