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Hawaiian governor takes aim at birthers

President Barack Obama makes statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
President Barack Obama makes statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

HONOLULU – Frustrated by what he sees as a never-ending campaign to undermine President Barack Obama, Hawaii’s new governor says he plans to use his new post to counter conspiracy theorists who continue to allege that the president was not born in the United States. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who took office Dec. 6, has known Obama since the president’s days growing up in Hawaii. He’s also one of the few people who knew both Obama’s father, also named Barack, and mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

That long-standing relationship is a major reason Abercrombie, 72, takes umbrage with the persistent effort by Obama’s most ardent foes to assert that he was born in Kenya, which would constitutionally bar him from holding the office of president. “Now that I’m governor, I’m going to do something about that,” Abercrombie vowed during an interview in his fifth-floor office in the state capitol.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.








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