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Abercrombie will resign from Congress to focus on gubernatorial run

Rep. Neil Abercrombie Rep. Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - US Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii said Friday morning he will resign from Congress. Abercrombie, who has been planning to run for governor, says he'll announce soon when his resignation will be effective. The formal announcement will be made in a press conference Sunday.

Abercrombie, a Democrat, has represented Hawaii's 1st Congressional District continuously since 1991.

In his statement Abercrombie described the situation over the last nine months in the State of Hawaii as "the most troubling episode in our state's fifty-year history." He then outlined a list of concerns including teacher furloughs, the response to swine flu, cuts to agriculture inspections and uncertainty surrounding the progress of the Oahu rail transit system.

His resignation will trigger a special election for the Congressional seat. Governor Lingle has 60 days in which to hold the special election.

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