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Congrats Charles Djou, your six month try-out begins now. by grassroothawaii
May 24, 2010, 1:59 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

As all of you may know already, Charles Djou (R) won the special congressional election last Saturday, earning the right to serve out the remainder of former Congressman Neil Abercrombie’s term in Washington DC. Winning with 39.7% of the vote, the special election turned out to be the same scenario in 1992 when both Democratic candidates ended up splitting the votes between them, allowing for Djou to seal his victory. With Hanabusa taking 31% and Case taking 27.8% of the vote, the apparent split between the Democrats was a heavily discussed topic, with whispers of in-fighting around every corner. It got so bad in fact that the National Democratic Party decided to abandon efforts in the special election, instead choosing to spend their money elsewhere.

Here are some specifics into the voting breakdown: Djou convincingly won 17 out of the 24 districts in Hawaii, while Hanabusa took 6 and Case won one. Djou took districts 17-19, 21, 23, 25-28, 31-34, 38-39 and 41-43; essentially winning the east, west and central parts of Oahu.

Now what’s going to be interesting between now and the general election in November, is how Djou performs. In case you didn’t know, Djou signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge back in July 2009, pledging that he would oppose efforts to increase income taxes. Being a rookie congressman with no reputation and experience to speak of, it’s going to be interesting to see if Djou can hold his ground amongst the politicians in DC where more experienced and tenured Congressmen await. Either way, the entire State will surely be paying attention to Djou and his performance in Capitol Hill as I’m sure the public will want to know if they made the right choice or not.

Djou ran a tight campaign, playing to the public. Campaigning for lower taxes and increased government transparency, Djou has about 6 months to make a name for himself because if not, there will most likely be an opponent waiting from him in the Republican primary elections, as well as a better prepared and (perhaps) unified Democratic opponent in the Primary.

Either way, congratulations are in order for Congressman Charles Djou for winning this election. You can talk the talk. Now let’s see if you can walk the walk.


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