US Rep. Abercrombie to resign within weeks

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Posted: Dec 13, 2009 5:51 PM

U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie says he will resign within weeks to devote full time to a campaign for governor.

During a press conference in Honolulu Sunday, Abercrombie did not set a firm date for his resignation, which he announced Friday.

Abercrombie, a Democrat who represents Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, says he wants to finish several pressing issues in Congress. Those include health care reform, economic stimulus and legislation to give Native Hawaiians the chance to establish their own government.

He says he then will begin a full-fledged campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor. He is likely to be opposed by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona and Honolulu lawyer John Carroll are vying for the Republican nomination.

The primary election is in September.