Hawaii’s Hundreds of Missing Votes

Neil Abercrombie resigned from Congress in February of 2010 and didn’t stick around for President Obama’s crucial showdown on Health Care Reform.   This wasn’t the only time Neil has bugged out on important votes. Even when he was supposedly an active member of Congress he couldn’t be relied on to show up for roll call. In the most recent 111th Congress, Abercrombie missed a staggering 136 votes or 12.8% of the total taken. That’s over three times as delinquent as the average of 4%.  This places Neil at number 18th worst out of the 441 members of the House of Representatives.

Abercrombie's spotty attendance left Hawaii under-represented on important votes.

See a full list of all of the 596 votes Neil ducked out on, and see which ones sound important to you. On every single occassion, Abercrombie found something more important to do than his job of representing you.

Neil’s On A Mission From God

During a Congressional hearing on military procurement, Neil launched into a ten minute rant on the Blues Brothers.

As reported by The Dew Line:

“That all-time classic line from a congressional hearing about military acquisition comes from Representative Neil Abercrombie’s 10-minute rant last week on Sue Payton, the US Air Force’s acquisition chief.”

“I finally got my fingers on a copy of the transcript from this most bizarre hearing.”

REP. ABERCROMBIE: Ms. Payton, you are right on the edge of getting into the Blues Brothers.MS. PAYTON: Sorry sir, I don’t mean to be there. I —

REP. ABERCROMBIE: That’s when — when Jake says, Bill, but you lied to us about the band. They lied to me when I was in prison about the band. You haven’t kept the band together. He goes, I never lied to you. I bullshitted you a little bit, but I never lied to you.

MS. PAYTON: Sir, I would never give any misinformation —

REP. ABERCROMBIE: No, you are saying that the Army is doing that.

MS. PAYTON: No, sir. I believe that —

REP. ABERCROMBIE: You are trying to finesse us. You are telling me they’ve got a cost that they know about, but they are not telling us about it, and are trying to pretend their unit cost and given information to us is the same as your unit cost, and they know better.

Neil sure knows a lot more about movie trivia than he does military procurement. For a complete reading of the congressional records go to:

“Ms. Payton, you are right on the edge of getting into the Blues Brothers”