Hannemann Shows Fundraising Muscle
WASHINGTON — Former Honolulu Mayor and Democratic congressional hopeful Mufi Hannemann pulled in $294,745 in the three-month fundraising period that ended Sept. 30, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Hannemann didn't formally announce his candidacy in the 2nd congressional district until Aug. 30., one month before the end of the quarter. He was widely expected to return to politics after his loss in the 2010 gubernatorial primary. He has served as president of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association since December 2010.
A strong start for Hannemann shows the challenge for his Democratic opponent Tulsi Gabbard, 30, a Honolulu City Council member who will likely have to paint Hannemann as a business-as-usual establishment candidate in order to seriously challenge him. Gabbard and Hannemann both want to succeed Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is vacating her congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Daniel Akaka is leaving when he retires next year.