Hawaii’s Governor Who Reignited Birther Movement Now Silent

Hawaii guv suddenly mum on Obama birth certificate

Jerome R. Corsi|WorldNetDaily

Although Hawaii’s newly elected Democrat governor, Neil Abercrombie, has recently given a flurry of high-profile media interviews condemning “birthers” who question Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to occupy the Oval Office, suddenly he is declining to answer a few hard questions.

Abercrombie, 72, a former member of the U.S. House, may be trying to quell the surge of doubt among Americans – polls show nearly six in 10 doubt Obama’s own eligibility story – by promising he will try to release additional records on Obama from his state’s Department of Health vault.

He has, in just recent days, expressed his disdain toward “birthers” in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, on CNN, as well as the local Star Advertiser and Hawaii News Now.

His startling remarks appear to be in response to the recent polling results as well as the rapidly growing list of high-profile personalities and leaders publicly raising questions about Obama’s eligibility.

Even as stalwart an Obama supporter as MSNBC host Chris Matthews is now urging that Obama release his long-form hospital-generated birth certificate to assist Abercrombie’s campaign against “birthers.”

“I am not a birther. I am an enemy of the birthers,” Matthews said. But, he added, “Why doesn’t the president just say, ‘Send me a copy right now?’ Why doesn’t Gibbs and Axelrod say, ‘Let’s just get this crappy story dead?’ Why not do it? … If it exists, why not put it out?”

Matthews was joined by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune and David Corn of Mother Jones, both of whom agreed with Matthews’ call for Obama to publicly release the document, which to this point has remained tightly under wraps.

But Abercrombie won’t talk with WND, which has reported more on the controversy than any other news source in the world.

“It [the Obama birth certificate controversy] is an insult to his [Obama’s] mother and to his father; they were my friends, and I have an emotional interest in that,” Abercrombie told the New York Times in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s an emotional insult. It is disrespectful to the president; it is disrespectful to the office.”

But this week, in e-mails from his press secretary, Abercrombie refused to be interviewed by WND.

“The governor did an interview over a week ago in which this topic [Obama’s eligibility to be president under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution] was raised,” Donalyn Dela Cruz, Abercrombie’s press secretary, said in an e-mail to WND.

“He [Abercrombie] has been on vacation since Saturday and is unavailable. Hope this helps you understand. You are in no way being singled out as your e-mail suggests,” she said.

But despite the denials, Dela Cruz did not respond when WND followed up with a request for an interview with Abercrombie at the governor’s convenience after he returns from vacation.

It was just last week that Abercrombie himself injected new urgency into the ongoing controversy over Obama’s birth certificate when the Star Advertiser reported the governor has been talking with the state attorney general’s office and the director of the state Health Department to see how he can bypass Hawaii’s privacy laws and release more information about whatever Obama records exist there.

Interestingly, the new governor’s links to the controversy go way back.

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