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Citizens group calls for Mayor Hannemann's impeachment as he's sworn-in

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KAPOLEI/HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann took the Oath of Office Friday for his second term. Just as he's sworn in, members of Stop Rail Now form a new group, and launch a new campaign to impeach the mayor.

Inaugural celebrations at Kapolei Hale had the spotlight on Hannemann as he took the Oath of Office.

The sentiment was much different however among members of 'Stop Rail Now'.

"He's used and abused his governmental powers," said Eric Ryan, Chair of the 'Impeach Mufi' campaign.

Members of the anti-rail group launched a petition drive to remove Hannemann, saying he allegedly misled voters about rail using taxpayer-funded promos.

"Reduce the number of vehicles on the road? A lie. Avoid congestion? A lie. Reduce congestion, delays by half or more? Mufi and Bill Brennan were saying this - false," said Ryan.

The group's attorney, John S. Carroll, says they need 5,000 signatures to hold an impeachment trial in Circuit Court.

"This is embarrassing for me personally because Mufi happens to be an old old friend of mine but I just feel that the people of the State deserve to have honest leadership here, and they're not getting it," said Carroll.

But even one of the Mayor's biggest critics says this latest effort to derail the Mayor and his rapid transit project, is without criminal merit.

"I don't see any grounds or basis for directly impeaching the Mayor. The time to have gotten rid of Mayor Hannemann was during the election," said Honolulu City Councilmember Charles Djou.

Hannemann maintains rail is one of the top priorities of his second term.

"Today is all about being installed as a Mayor of Honolulu, the resounding, nearly 60% of the vote, and rail transit came in with 53%. It's a great day and the people have reaffirmed the job that we're doing at City Hall, the majority of the people like the job that we're doing and at the end of the day, that's what counts," said Mayor Hannemann.

The 'Impeach Mufi' campaign says it will reveal to the public online, evidence of the Mayor's alleged misconduct.

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