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Abercrombie details plans to resign from Congress

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By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

ALA MOANA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Breaking what he calls leadership gridlock - that's the platform Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie is basing his campaign on.

When he first announced his bid for governor, he said he wasn't going to quit Congress to run.

On Sunday, he held a press conference to explain why he's changed his mind.

"Today is the start of a great campaign to return leadership to the State of Hawaii," said Representative Abercrombie.

Abercrombie says the existing leadership has collapsed.

"Because we have failed to meet our obligations and responsibility, we find children being the victim, children not able to go to school," he said.

Criticizing Furlough Fridays, Abercrombie says his top two priorities are education reform and economic recovery.

But before he goes full-time in his campaign for Governor, Abercrombie says he intends to finish his duties in Washington, D.C.

"I want to make it very clear that I'm going to take care of every responsibility I have in Congress, whether it's healthcare, whether it's the Akaka bill, whether it's our spending priorities with regard to supporting our troops," he said.

That's in response to questions surrounding the timing of his unexpected resignation amid critical congressional issues.

"The main reason is the people of Hawaii telling me 'You've got to get back here full-time. We need to have leadership, there's been a total collapse of leadership'," Abercrombie said.

Abercrombie is expected to face off with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary.

Hannemann would need to resign as Mayor to run for Governor.

On the Republican side, Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona is also vying for the state's top seat.

Abercrombie didn't say when he'll resign, but says he could announce a date in a few weeks.

The Representative says it depends on when floor votes will come down on key congressional issues such as health care reform.

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