Say will not seek House leadership

Rep. will serve as Speaker until someone is elected on first day of legislative session

 UPDATED 4:34 PM HST Dec 13, 2012
Calvin Say
HONOLULU -

Rep. Calvin Say announced Thursday he will no longer be a candidate for House Speaker for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions.  He will continue to serve as Speaker until a new one is elected on the opening day of the legislature in mid-January.

Say said he is endorsing House Finance Committee Chairman Marcus Oshiro to succeed him.

Say announced his decision after former House Speaker Joe Souki said last month he had the votes to reclaim his post.

Souki says he has the support of 23 Democrats and seven Republicans to take back the speaker position.

Oshiro says he believes the 21 Democrats who supported Say will back him.

He plans on working to win support of Democrats currently backing Souki.  Oshiro believes some of them are concerned about forming a coalition with Republicans.

Oshiro says he's opposed to legalizing gambling and raising the general excise tax, unlike Souki.

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