Hawaii Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona‘s religious beliefs and his past involvement with an international Christian organization, the International Transformation Network, have become an issue in his bid for the governor’s office, according to Hawaiian media reports. Aiona, a Republican, is running against Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who represented Hawaii’s 1st District in Congress from 1991 until stepping down this year to run for governor. Recent polls show Abercrombie pulling ahead of Aiona, according to the Honolulu Advertiser, which reported that some voters are concerned about Aiona’s “ability to separate his strong Catholic faith from decisions on social policy.”

On Oct. 20, Aiona accused Abercrombie’s campaign of disseminating a