Neil Abercrombie released the following statement on the special election for Hawaii’s First Congressional District:
“I congratulate Mr. Djou. Serving in the United States House of Representatives, for whatever period of time, is a great honor and an even greater responsibility.
“The election for the full term to fill this seat will be in November. The majority of voters in the district supported Democratic candidates in this special election. I am confident that a Democrat will win the Congressional race in the general election.
“The people of Hawaii need a representative who will support President Obama’s agenda and who will not cancel Hawaii’s other vote in the U.S. House.”
On May 8, the Hawaii National Guard Association honored Congressman Neil Abercrombie by presenting him with the Harry S. Truman Award for his lifelong support of America’s troops.
The local recognition is a follow-up to the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) awarding then Congressman Abercrombie the Truman award on Sept. 12, 2009. The Truman Award is the highest recognition conferred by the 45,000 member NGAUS. Click here for video from the ceremony on September 12, 2009.
The sister of President Barack Obama introduced former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie last night as the next Hawaii governor before more than 1,200 supporters at his fundraiser. Maya Soetoro-Ng reminded the crowd about Abercrombie’s early support for Obama and praised his passion and speaking ability.
“I really think we need that kind of passion to run the state,” she said at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room. Abercrombie spokeswoman Laurie Au said Soetoro-Ng, who declined to be interviewed by the news media, was speaking as a family friend.
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano said he supported Abercrombie’s run for governor. Cayetano said as a former congressman, city councilman and state legislator, Abercrombie had the experience to run the state. “It’s not a place for on-the-job training,” Cayetano said. “He’s well qualified.”
TV KHON2 has video.
WAILUKU, MAUI – U.S. Congressman and Hawaii Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie met with staff and participants of Maui Family Support Services and The Neighborhood Place of Wailuku on Monday. MFSS is one of more than 40 state organizations who are concerned about the effects of the State’s efforts to balance the budget.
The Enhanced Healthy Start program operated by MFSS provides home visiting, RN and mental health services to families identified by Child Welfare Services. The Senate version of the budget included many of these important safety net services; the House version does not. In order to balance the State budget, the House Finance Committee removed these programs as well as others from the proposed budget.
In meeting with Congressmen Abercrombie, staff and participants of both MFSS and NPW gathered insight and advice on how to best advocate for continued funding of these critical safety net programs. Participant Ebony Prentice shared her story of the importance of programs such as the MFSS Early Head Start Childcare Center so she can work, as well as the support she received in monitoring the health and development of her son who was born prematurely. Other participants shared their stories of overcoming domestic violence, gaining self confidence and increasing parenting skills. Programs such as those offered by MFSS and NPW and other TANF recipients provide important services in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, services that have been cut from the budget.