Citing that “the people of Hawaii are better off today because of his leadership,” President Barack Obama endorsed Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie for a second term.
Obama, who returns to his birth state of Hawaii later tonight for the first family’s holiday vacation, has known the governor for a long time. Abercrombie was friends with the president’s father.
Obama’s endorsement statement is below, as provided by Abercrombie’s re-election campaign.
“I’ve known Gov. Abercrombie for decades, and I’ve come to appreciate him not only as a friend, but as an extraordinary public servant who has never let politics get in the way of serving the people of Hawaii.
Since taking office, Neil has brought a renewed sense of fiscal discipline to the state, cutting back on wasteful spending and making the investments necessary to grow the economy and expand opportunity.
Neil has never hesitated to make tough choices, and the people of Hawai‘i are better off today because of his leadership. I firmly believe that Neil deserves a second term as Governor, and I look forward to continuing to work with him for years to come.”
Abercrombie said he is grateful for the president’s endorsement.
“I share the president’s vision of a nation and a state that improves the lives of all families and communities,” Abercrombie said in a statement. “I am eager and ready to continue working with him and his administration on an agenda for Hawaii and the United States. With him I say, ‘yes we can!’”
Abercrombie most recently participated in Obama’s Climate Change Task Force during a trip to Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
The governor’s Democratic frontrunner challenge comes from Sen. David Ige, who announced his candidacy in July.
Photo courtesy of Neil Abercrombie for Governor
— Gene Park