Pelosi rebuts Hannemann critique of Abercrombie

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rebutting criticisms of former US Representative Neil Abercrombie leveled by his rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has begun airing a 60-second radio ad that claims Abercrombie had a poor attendance record in Congress and received a low performance ranking from the website It also criticizes Abercrombie for resigning in February to run for governor, which prompted a special election that cost the state $670,000.

Abercrombie aides on Wednesday released a statement from Pelosi, the top House Democrat. She describes her former colleague as an "effective and courageous leader," and says he will be "an outstanding governor."

An Abercrombie spokeswoman said Pelosi's comments constitute an endorsement.

Hannemann's campaign fired back Thursday afternoon. They said that Pelosi never specifically addressed the criticisms leveled in the commercial with regards to Abercrombie's congressional attendance record or the cost of the special election.

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