Ex-Hawaii governor calls for Gabbard to resign from Congress

  • Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks to Democrats gathered at the Spratt Issues Conference in Greenville, S.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

  • Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaks at a news conference in Honolulu, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Abercrombie is calling on presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to resign from Congress. Abercrombie says Gabbard must step down after she voted “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Gabbard, who is from Hawaii, announced earlier this year she would not run for reelection to the House so she could focus on her presidential campaign. Abercrombie is co-chair of a campaign for a Democratic state senator who is running to succeed Gabbard in Congress. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

HONOLULU — A former Hawaii governor on Monday called for long-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to resign from Congress after she voted “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Gabbard must resign her seat “the sooner the better,” representing Hawaii in the U.S. House of Representatives because “she’s missing votes on almost everything”, said Neil Abercrombie, who was governor from 2010 to 2014. Before that, he represented Hawaii in the U.S. House and resigned to run for governor.

Gabbard said last week she was “standing in the center” by voting present.

Gabbard announced earlier this year she would not run for reelection to the House so she could focus on her presidential campaign. This decision came after she spent much of the year traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire.

According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

Abercrombie is co-chair for the campaign of Kai Kahele, a Democratic state senator running to succeed Gabbard in Congress.

A spokesman for Gabbard said she has a strong commitment to serving Hawaii.

“Hawaiʻi is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s home and her heart. Just this session, she has secured major legislative wins for Hawaiʻi including better reporting on Red Hill aquifer protection, consultation between the military and Native Hawaiians, helping our veterans affected by toxic burn pits, opportunities for defense contracting for Native Hawaiian companies, and more,” T. Ilihia Gionson said. “Her pursuit of the highest office in the land has not compromised her and her team’s commitment to serving the people of Hawaiʻi in her fourth term in Congress.”

Hawaii’s other representative in the House, Rep. Ed Case, another Democrat, voted in favor of impeachment.

  1. harry oyama December 23, 2019 8:42 pm Reply

    Vietnam War draft dodger Neil Abercrombie should keep his mouth shut since it was he who raided the $150 million dollar hurricane insurance fund paid for by residents of Hawaii who never got a refund or tax break after getting ripped off by this hippie.

    If he had his way, Abercrombie would have made Hawaii another sanctuary State like California that has the largest homeless population and scores of illegals taxing the social support system meant for helping US citizens. Tulsi made the right decision and did not march lock in step with other brain-washed Democrats that will drive America off the cliff and into economic ruin.

  2. harry oyama December 23, 2019 8:50 pm Reply

    Another notice to all Hawaiians, why is this draft dodger supporting Kai Kahele a back stabbing “Hawaiian” who currently sits as chairman overseeing the State’s DLNR a section that is infested by non-Hawaiians that got large tracts of ceded native Hawaiian lands designated for the benefit of Hawaiians, yet they secured $1 dollar a year leases that are sub-leased to non-Hawaiians making them profits while Hawaiians are dying on waiting lists?

    Kai Kahele did nothing to address this problem while throwing fellow Hawaiians under the bus. At least Tulsi supports Hawaiians and she is not a Hawaiian herself as this Kai?

    1. Debra Kekaualua December 24, 2019 2:39 pm Reply

      Agree, Mr Oyama! at least some of us know the truth and will speak it instead of hiding under the BVDs of aberscrums, blingle, ige, five govs REtroactive to those three and ALL counties admin, directors brainwashed american voting in rigged gigs that OUTnumber Lahui all DAY every century! 125-years! UNacceptable? yUp!

      Caleb for Editor TGI, get rid of fake news Buley

  3. I saw a Vampire once December 24, 2019 1:23 am Reply

    Look at the forms. Donald Trump is richer. And is a nerd. What do you think Gabbard stands for? Military. That is it.

  4. manongindashadow0711 December 24, 2019 4:00 pm Reply

    And the Knoll/Papa Smurf speaks out! Abercrumbie should keep his thoughts to himself. After all he’s just an old time hippie.
    Tulsi Gabbard has more balls than the knoll.

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