HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie is getting major support from a friend in the White House.
President Obama is announced Monday that he's backing his fellow Democrat for governor.
Abercrombie released the following statement on Monday:
"I treasure President Obama's friendship and I'm happy to have his endorsement. If I'm elected Governor, our people will benefit from his commitment to Hawaii, the place of his birth.
"This campaign for Governor is generating the same enthusiasm we felt when campaigning for President Obama two years ago. Hawaii's people understand what is at stake and how important it is that we change direction.
"The President supports Hawaii's people and our diversity. Working together, we can reach our full potential."
In an e-mail addressed to Abercrombie, President Obama encourages the public to stand with the former Democratic Congressman, writing:
"Neil Abercrombie has long been a champion for the people of Hawaii, and I am proud to stand by him as he runs for governor.
I've known Neil for a long time -- he was friends with my parents in school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa -- and there isn't a doubt in my mind that he'll do a great job.
In Congress, Neil fought tirelessly for the environment, military families, and Hawaii jobs. He helped fund the conservation of valuable land on Oahu, introduced the Small Business Credit Card Act, and received the Harry S. Truman Award -- the National Guard Association's highest honor.
I need allies like Neil fighting for change across the country -- please sign up to support his campaign for governor.
During his career in Washington, Neil was known as a true leader, consistently working across the aisle to get things done for Hawaii.
And I understand how important good leadership is for you. Hawaii has special meaning for me, and I want to make sure it gets the governor it deserves.
It's going to be a close race, but with your support, Neil can win."