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Tomey weighed becoming Hannemann's running mate

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:01 p.m. HST, May 19, 2014

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who is running for governor as an independent, almost lured an interesting recruit as his lieutenant governor: Dick Tomey.

The popular former University of Hawaii football coach pulled papers at the state Office of Elections last week but reluctantly bowed out over concerns about his residency.

The state Constitution requires governors and lieutenant governors to be residents for five years immediately preceding the election. Tomey owns a Kahala home but he said he lived in San Jose in 2009.

Tomey said he was advised that his residency might be challenged and he did not want it to become an issue during the campaign. He said he would help with Hannemann's independent bid.

"I think after consultation with some legal people I realized it wasn't a slam dunk," he said. "So I've decided not to do it and I'm still very enthused about Mufi's candidacy and excited to help him when I can."

Tomey would have been an unconventional choice, but a promotional coup for Hannemann and the fledgling Hawaii Independent Party. Frank Fasi, the last credible independent candidate for governor, plucked entertainer Danny Kaleikini as his running mate for the Best Party in 1994.

Tomey, 75, is a beloved figure in Hawaii sports. He was the UH football coach from 1977 to 1986. His 63-46-3 record at UH is second best behind former coach June Jones. He also coached at Arizona and San Jose State and was an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

Tomey, who was inducted into the UH Sports Circle of Honor in 2005, has worked as an analyst on UH football broadcasts.

"He would have made an excellent candidate for lieutenant governor," Hannemann said. "He's a strong and proven leader. He loves Hawaii, always has, whether he lived here or not. And thirdly, I think his familiarity with the University of Hawaii would have been a nice bonus to have in a running mate."

Hannemann said he understands Tomey's concerns about whether his residency might be challenged. "So I lose a potential running mate but I gain maybe an even stronger supporter now," he said.

Michelle Del Rosario, the chairwoman of the Hawaii Independent Party, said the party is looking at several possible running mates for Hannemann but is not ready to publicly release any names.

The deadline to file for elective office this year is June 3.

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KWAY wrote:
You have GOT to be kidding.
on May 19,2014 | 04:36PM
KonaWarrior wrote:
Yeah, what about June Jones?
on May 19,2014 | 05:24PM
bumbai wrote:
Why would he take the pay cut?
on May 19,2014 | 06:00PM
bumbai wrote:
Tomey would have made a fine Lt. Governor...If Duke could do it for eight years it must be a cruise.
on May 19,2014 | 05:56PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Dumb and dumber......
on May 19,2014 | 10:30PM
chuck4664 wrote:
Is this a April fools joke in May, you got to be kidding
on May 19,2014 | 04:43PM
bobjones wrote:
do independents require a running mate, while established parties do not? my other comment: Kaleikini and Tomey nice guys, but a heartbeat away from the governor's seat? not gonna happen.
on May 19,2014 | 05:16PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Norm Chow probably won't run.
on May 19,2014 | 05:17PM
OldDiver wrote:
If he did the State of Hawaii could possibility have an 0 and 13 season next year.
on May 19,2014 | 06:44PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
A publicity stunt that further adds to the perception that the Hannemann candidacy is simply not credible.
on May 19,2014 | 05:18PM
false wrote:
Where's Rod Tam when we need him?
on May 19,2014 | 05:24PM
fairgame947 wrote:
OMG, I'd always thought Tomey had better sense than that! Makes him look like a fool!
on May 19,2014 | 05:46PM
connie wrote:
Speaking of former UHawaii football head coaches, I nominate Coach Larry Price For Lt. Governor.
on May 19,2014 | 05:50PM
turbolink wrote:
Second that motion!
on May 19,2014 | 08:24PM
niimi wrote:
LOL, Muliafi's getting desperate. This is like that Ross Perot / Admiral Byrd presidential ticket. "Where's my hearing aid..."
on May 19,2014 | 05:55PM
realist3463 wrote:
Vice Admiral James Stockdale, USN. Holder of the Medal of Honor, and not Admiral Byrd. One has to wonder if you could have survived what he went through as a prisoner n North Vietnam and did not lose at least some physical capability. He was a wonderful leader ad we could sure use more like him today.
on May 19,2014 | 06:35PM
S3nt1nel wrote:
"Dick Tomey said he was advised that his residency might be challenged and he did not want it to become an issue during the campaign. He said he would help with Hannemann's independent bid." Says it all there, he knows he'll better serve Mufi Hannemann's campaign as a supporter rather than a running mate. Having a respectable supporter like Dick Tomey will do Mufi Hannemann's campaign good.
on May 19,2014 | 06:01PM
Skyler wrote:
Why is that? It doesn't change the fact that Hannemann's the one running for office. More like it makes Tomey look senile.
on May 19,2014 | 11:14PM
2NDC wrote:
It appears that Tomey may be getting a little senile. o.O
on May 19,2014 | 06:04PM
Skyler wrote:
I stole your word. o.O
on May 19,2014 | 11:15PM
lwandcah wrote:
Say it isn't so Dick.
on May 19,2014 | 06:14PM
SandraSMoser wrote:
Dick Tomey got the right pick for governor.
on May 19,2014 | 06:37PM
Squiggs wrote:
on May 19,2014 | 07:25PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Thank God he's not going to do it.....
on May 19,2014 | 07:02PM
blackmurano wrote:
As a staunch Rainbow and Warrior football fan, Coach Dick Tomey was one of my favorite Hawaii football coach. But when it comes to politics, I never vote for Democrats. Although Dick Tomey would make a fine politician even as Lt. Governor.
on May 19,2014 | 09:30PM
Skyler wrote:
I knew Frank Fasi and respected the man. Hannemann is NO Frank Fasi.
on May 19,2014 | 11:13PM
MillionMonkeys wrote:
Mufi a wee bit desperate for publicity. Why not ask Daniel Dae Kim, Augie T, or Mel Cabang? Since he won't win, might as well entertain. And it'll only waste a few million labor union dollars, no big loss.
on May 19,2014 | 11:35PM
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