HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just moments after Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann officially announced he is running for governor, a war of words is was being waged between the candidates. Democrats Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie, along with Republican Duke Aiona were all exchanging strong words.
"This is not going to be the last job of my career it will be the best job of my career, because we need focused leadership. The governorship is a job that you lead from and not retire to," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
"You'll notice the mayor said this won't be his last job it will be his best job. even now he is fudging the idea of actually becoming governor. The governorship is a stepping stone for the mayor its not a cornerstone," said Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie.
"This is not the time for on the job training giving the complexity of the problems we face. Neil Abercrombie has never balanced billion dollar budgets or done collective bargaining, said Hannemann.
"The bottom line is the people of Hawaii cannot afford Mufi Hannemann with a legislature that is 90% democrat, in other words of one party so Hawaii can't afford a democratic governor, said Gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona.
Abercrombie went on to criticize Hannemann for not stepping down as Honolulu Mayor until July 20th.
"I think its a fair question to ask, if you're running for governor than why aren't you? You can't be mayor and run for governor at the same time, there is a reason the law says resign," said Abercrombie
"I have a resign to run provision, so I am going all the way up to July 20th. In Neil Abercrombie's case he does not have a resign to run provision so he cost the taxpayers $1 million, " said Hannemann.
Then there is the subject of 6.2 billion dollar rail project, what happens with a new governor?
"I have had my questions about it. Are there alternatives for mass transit, and second what are the viabilities of the financial aspects," said Aiona.
"I am convinced Governor Lingle, or let me say the Lingle -Aiona team will not move forward on rail. I need to go to the governorship to move rail forward.
Although Hannemann is not stepping down as mayor right away, he says his ad campaign will start immediately.