December 11th, 2009
04:27 PM ET
7 months ago

House Democrat resigns to focus on gubernatorial bid

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, said Friday that he will formally announce his retirement from Congress this weekend so he can focus on his run for governor next year.

Abercrombie has scheduled a press conference for Sunday.

"I cannot claim the Governorship should be a cornerstone of our democracy and not make the campaign for it the center of all my efforts," Abercrombie said in a statement posted on his campaign Web site.

The 10-term congressman said he already shared his decision with the White House, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other members of Hawaii's congressional delegation. Abercrombie's move will trigger a special election to fill the remainder of his term.


Five other House Democrats are seeking higher office and will leave the House at the end of the 111th Congress. Three House Democrats are retiring with no plans to run for elected office.

The Hawaii governorship is current controlled by Republican Linda Lingle, who is prevented by law from seeking another term in 2010. The Democratic Governors Association sees the Hawaii race as one of their best chances to pick up a seat next year.


Filed under: Hawaii • House Democrats
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    Yes, Good Idea! We can't hope to ever cut through this obfuscation from all quarters unless we find our way to get busy and focus on our priorities. WE MUST AS a "Body Politic" Rise UP and SAY, "This is our nation. No more of this corrupt, criminal system. No More Domination and Control, No More WARS For Empire". CAN YOU HEAR US YET? Your days are numbered Empire. We are getting more fully informed and We are not here for a Tea Party either! Peace and Non-Violent Communication IS OUR only HOPE For CHANGE. Poet out!

    December 11, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. No More Incumbents

    More! More!

    December 11, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Then why did he run for Representative LAST year, knowing he was only going to be in the seat a year before running for gov?

    Just how much money going towards a special election will this guy's decision cost the HI taxpayers?

    December 11, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. bobo

    Jane, You sound really nutty...

    December 11, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. cgillette369

    maybe his plane will overshoot hawaii and he will edn up in N. Korea.

    don't take north worst, Neil baby.
    get rid of that scruffy beard.

    December 11, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    Its time for Hawaii to start backing candidates from both parties.... NOT just democrats.

    December 11, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    Dems are all looking for a job for after the 2010 elections.

    December 11, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Rick CT

    Palin's not the only quitter.

    December 11, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    OK, let me clue you in soon-to-be-unemployed Democratic congressman... Plan on submitting your application to Burger King as well. After what you've done to the country. the people of Hawaii can't be stupid enough to put you in charge of the state. Unless of course they want it to resemble California?

    December 11, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. unemployed by Obama

    another slot for a trusted person and NoT a lieing democrate

    December 11, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Hawaii Gal

    As A Hawaii resident, I am glad he has decided to run for Governor. I hope he wins.

    December 11, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. ib

    There will be a bunch of democrats leaving in 2010 but not by their choice but by the voters choice who are fed up having the far left agenda of Obama rammed down our throats.

    December 11, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Steve Holmes

    We will welcome Neil home to Hawaii. He has served us well in Congress.
    Hawaii has suffered like the rest of this nation in a bad economy. Neil has the vision to lead us to a new energy economy and get us off our terrible dependence on imported oil. Hawaii has very high gas and electric rates that add to the high price of living in paradise. Hawaii has abundant renewable energy resources and can lead the nation in becoming energy self-sufficient.
    Neil can also provide much needed support for our statewide education system that is crisis right now.
    On all the issues, Neil Abercrombie is the right choice to be our next Governor.

    December 11, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Mike Pittsburgh

    If his name was Sarah Palin, he would be villified him for jumping ship on his responsibilities.

    December 11, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |