HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann has endorsed the presidential campaign of Hawaii-born Illinois senator Barack Obama.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, Hannemann said:
"With the Democratic Party's state convention a little more than a week away, I wanted to let the delegates know where I stand on the Presidential contest.
"While I had said earlier that Hawaii and the nation would be well-served by either Mr. Obama or Senator Hillary Clinton, the substance and style of Mr. Obama have had very strong appeal to me. Senator Clinton has great aloha for the people of Hawaii, and would make a fine President. But I feel that Barack Obama offers the best hope for our nation during these troubling times.
"I also feel a kinship for this man who grew up in Hawaii and whose heart is still in the islands. Barry, as he was called then, played basketball for Punahou while I was coaching the same sport for Iolani. I have met personally with him and come away impressed with his intellect, strength, and character."