Longtime Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee and former state senator Clayton Hee is pulling out of the governor’s race due to financial considerations but is setting his sights on other political offices.
Hee’s campaign released a statement today saying the candidate would not be able to match the campaign spending by Gov. David Ige and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
“While we believe our message is a clarion call for a departure of the same old same old and that rail is the biggest financial blight in the history of Hawaii, we simply cannot match the huge sums of money my opponents are prepared to spend as well as the super pacs that have formed on their behalf,” Hee said in a campaign statement.
At a press conference today, Hee said he would file papers to run for lieutenant governor as well as state senate. Tuesday is the filing deadline.