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Abercrombie to resign Hawaii seat

Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) will resign his seat to focus full time on his run for governor in 2010, a move almost certain to set off a special election next year.

"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 on his campaign website. "My choice is to devote all of my time, all my energy, and my complete commitment to working side-by-side with you -- for all Hawaii."

Abercrombie is expected to make a formal announcement of his intentions on Sunday although it's not yet clear when he will formally resign.

Under Hawaii law, the state's chief election officer is charged with setting a date for the special election to occur with the only limitation being that the vote must come at least 70 days after the date is announced. All of the candidates will run in a single election with the top vote-getter becoming the new congressman or woman. One wrinkle: the chief elections officer resigned earlier this month.

Abercrombie as well as Florida Rep. Robert Wexler will be resigning before their terms are up. Eight other House Democrats will be retiring at the end of 2010.

Assuming a special election is called sometime next year, the two leading contenders will be former Rep. Ed Case and state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa -- both of whom were already running for the seat. An abbreviated race should benefit Case who carried a name identification edge thanks to his service in Congress earlier this decade.

The only Republican worth mentioning is Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou who was already in the race.

The district leans Democratic, having given President Barack Obama 72 percent of the vote. Four years earlier, Sen. John Kerry (D) won it with a less overwhelming 52 percent. Since being created in the 1971 redistricting process, Democrats have held it for all but four years in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Abercrombie's decision is prompted by his concerns that he may well lose the Democratic gubernatorial nomination to Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann who has formed an exploratory committee to look at the race.

A ruling over the summer barred Abercrombie from transferring more than $900,000 in his federal campaign account into a state account for governor, a decision that handed Hannemann a significant financial edge.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2009; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Governors , House  
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This Day in Retail Politics...
ABERCROMBIE CLOSES UP SHOP; WILL FITCH FOLLOW SUIT?

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OBAMA WRONG: U.S. DOES TORTURE -- ITS OWN CITIZENS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser radiation "directed energy" weapons system, employing cell towers and satellites, to silently, invisibly torture, impair, physiologically and neurologically subjugate unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans and their families -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

IS PRESIDENT OBAMA AN UNKNOWING VICTIM OF SILENT MICROWAVE/LASER 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' ENTRAINMENT?

See "comments" section at:

http://nowpublic.com/world/obama-wrong-west-point-u-s-does-torture-its-own-citizens
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR (if link is corrupted): NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "GESTAPO USA"


Posted by: scrivener50 | December 13, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for trying to clean up the place, Chris. Hopefully you can spend more time on here talking politics. With your kid, I'm sure you don't need any more parental responsibilities on here.

Is there any attention being paid to the New Orleans mayoral race on the national level? At least on the ground, there's an interesting dynamic going on. Mitch Landrieu's entrance into the race probably puts to waste all the work by all the work done by the other candidates (for a good reason. He is VERY charismatic)

Just curious. We tend to be ignored by national leaders except in speeches.

We played host to you a year and a half ago. I think we deserve some attention!

Good to see you on here more often, though.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 12, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Willseattle,

We are asking people who post comments to avoid attacking one another personally. So, let's lay off the accusations and focus on the politics.

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | December 12, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Margaret, a voluntary Registry of Traitorous Loons.

Posted by: drindl | December 12, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The BEAR REVOLT looks like a fabulous opportunity for this country to identify our nuttiest citizens. It'll all be there at the Library of Congress in archival quality hardbound petitions (all names listed).

That will save the rest of us a LOT of time.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 12, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The smart ones are walking out and signing BEAR REVOLT

==
If you're trying to out-nutty the other trolls you've got your work cut out for you.

Pretty good start though.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 12, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

So, in other words, in terms of Congressional majority, this is all a moot point. Interesting in terms of the small game, but big game zero.

Hate to harp, Chris, but until you get that intern: 37th&O and dottydo are far, far off-topic. Please put a stroke in the naughty column for them.

Posted by: nodebris | December 12, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

The smart ones are walking out and signing BEAR REVOLT

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people via archival quality hardbound petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government).

The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.

The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority".

It seeks to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009, and hence can retro from 2010 , 2011, etc. to do it.

This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC of California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads,
then called them astroturf and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door absolutely refusing to listen to them saying NO.


PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

Posted by: dottydo | December 11, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

One less dumbo dem in washington... good.

Posted by: rg019571 | December 11, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Well if you're so afraid that the Bad Mans can walk through walls and cast magic spells I recommend that you pull the sheets over your head and quiver.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 11, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama just order a final decision on whether to move the terrorist from Gitmo to Illinois ???

Again, without the White House making the announcement?


Again, with Obama being out of the country???

What is going on here - Obama doesn't want to own this policy ?

http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/11/exclusive-leaked-justice-department-memo-terrorists-to-be-moved-to-camp-gitmo-illinois/

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | December 11, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Careful, WillSeattle. Our gracious host has requested that we all "[a]ct civilly" and stop the name-calling : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Says Cillizza, "the chief elections officer [of Hawaii] resigned earlier this month." That's Hawaii for you. Who needs Puerto Rico when we have Hawaii?

Posted by: AppDev | December 11, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

tru-indy is a tea bagger - they don't know how to edit things, cause their brains are filled with tea bags.

Posted by: WillSeattle | December 11, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

What, nothing on the two announced candidates - one patriotic Dem, one al-Qaeda Republic Party of No - running for the seat in WA that Rep. Baird is vacating?

Posted by: WillSeattle | December 11, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Do you really have to quote the ENTIRE COLUMN to append a one-line comment?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 11, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Abercrombie to resign Hawaii seat
Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) will resign his seat to focus full time on his run for governor in 2010, a move almost certain to set off a special election next year.

"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 on his campaign website. "My choice is to devote all of my time, all my energy, and my complete commitment to working side-by-side with you -- for all Hawaii."

Abercrombie is expected to make a formal announcement of his intentions on Sunday although it's not yet clear when he will formally resign.

Under Hawaii law, the state's chief election officer is charged with setting a date for the special election to occur with the only limitation being that the vote must come at least 70 days after the date is announced. All of the candidates will run in a single election with the top vote-getter becoming the new congressman or woman. One wrinkle: the chief elections officer resigned earlier this month.

Abercrombie as well as Florida Rep. Robert Wexler will be resigning before their terms are up. Eight other House Democrats will be retiring at the end of 2010.

Assuming a special election is called sometime next year, the two leading contenders will be former Rep. Ed Case and state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa -- both of whom were already running for the seat. An abbreviated race should benefit Case who carried a name identification edge thanks to his service in Congress earlier this decade.

The only Republican worth mentioning is Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou who was already in the race.

The district leans Democratic, having given President Barack Obama 72 percent of the vote. Four years earlier, Sen. John Kerry (D) won it with a less overwhelming 52 percent.
"
well, duh.. obama claimed to be a hometown boy.

Posted by: tru-indy | December 11, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, thank you, bsimon. I was confusing Rep. Abercrombie with Sen. Akaka (sp?).

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Reps are in the House, not the Senate.

I see district 1 has the much easier to campaign in area of: Honolulu, vs District 2 which encompasses everything else. I guess Hawaiians don't do bus tours, like around here.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 11, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, he resigns some time BEFORE the Obamacare vote in the Senate : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 11, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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