Hee throws his hat in the ring for Lieutenant GovernorUPDATED 6:14 PM HST May 11, 2014Video Transcript
Young. Even though it's sort of a holiday, it didn't keep dozens of supporters of Senator Clayton Hee away from Iolani Palace. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports on his big announcement. It's tonights top story. 34 49 101 107 528 I AM AS YOU WELL KNOW ANNOUNCING MY CANDIDACY FOR LT GOVERNOR 533 Hee made his announcement at Iolani Palace surrounded by heavy hitters- Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, former governor Ben Cayetano and Abigail Kawananakoa. He'll be running in the democratic primary against incumbent lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui. This is the second go for the state senator. He ran for lt. Governor in 2002 and for Congress in 2006- failing in both efforts. 544 I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN SOME THINGS AND UNSUCCESSFUL IN OTHERS BUT I ALWAYS BELIEVE WHEN YOU GET BUCKED OFF THE SECOND TIME DON'T LET IT BE THE SAME REASON THE FIRST TIME BUT GET UP AND GET BACK IN THAT SADDLE 559 2443 ESSENTIALLY HE'S PUTTING IT RIGHT OUT IN FRONT. IM THE CANDIDATE WHOSE WELL KNOWN, IM THE CANDIDATE WHO SPEAKS FOR HAWAIIANS, AND HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN A LOT OF HAWAIIAN ISSUES WITH HIS POSITION IN THE SENATE. 1631 IF IT WASN'T FOR SENATOR HEE OUR PALACE WOULD NOT BE COMPLETED AS QUICKLY AS WE HAD 40 1415 HE BRINGS EVERYTHING TO THE TABLE THAT YOU LOOK FOR IN A LEADER HES COURAGEOUS HE'S PRINCIPLED AND ILL SUPPORT HIM NO MATTER WHO EMERGES AS GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE 24 To prove his record in the legislature- Hee brought props. The 10 dollar and 10 cent picture represents his role to get minimum wage raised. The GillAction award for helping a marriage equality law pass Hawaii last November. And a plaque from the Humane Society for being an advocate for animal welfare. 1120 WE BELIEVE BASED ON THE RESEARCH WE DID THAT WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. TEN YEARS AGO I MIGHT HAVE DONE IT JUST TO DO IT 10 YEARS LATER AT MY AGE WE WANT TO BE SURE WE KNOW HOW DEEP THE POOL IS BEFORE WE JUMP IN 36 2635 HEE IS RELATIVELY WELL KNOWN FOR A STATE SENATOR HE IS VISIBLE BUT THAT VISIBILITY COMES WITH CONTROVERSY HE'S A VERY OUTSPOKEN GUY HE CAN BE VERY BRUSK SO THAT HE HAS TO TAKE THAT ALONG WITH HIM 58 Tsutsui released a statement today saying in part: "I am humbled by the support I've received from the people of Hawaii and I look forward to a spirited campaign that will allow us to take our message to the voters."