Yesterday’s special-election victory in Honolulu, Hawaii, enables newly-elected Congressman Djou to fill the seat vacated by Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) who resigned to run for the Hawaiian gubernatorial seat. After the mail-in votes were counted it was Romney-endorsed Djou on top with 39.5 percent of the vote while his opponents, Colleen Hanabus (Dem), received 30.8 percent and Congressman Ed Case (Dem) pulled in 27.6 of the tally.
HONOLULU – Republicans scored a midterm election victory Saturday when Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Barack Obama grew up — the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress.
Djou’s victory was a blow to Obama and other Democrats who could not rally around a candidate and find away to win a congressional race that should have been a cakewalk. The seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years and is located where Obama was born and spent most of his childhood.
“This is a momentous day. We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the national Democrats. We have sent a message to the machine,” Djou said. “The congressional seat is not owned by one political party. This congressional seat is owned by the people.”
Associated Press on Djou’s win:
His message was clear: Taxes are too high, the federal government has grown too large, and wasteful government spending hinders economic prosperity.
Djou, the son of Asian immigrants, joined the Army Reserve after Sept. 11 and obtained the rank of captain. He has an Ivy League education and a law degree, served in the state Legislature and worked as a law school professor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele: “Charles’ victory is evidence his conservative message of lowering the tax burden, job creation and government accountability knows no party lines. It is a message Americans want to hear from candidates across the country.”
Djou faces another election this fall to determine who will serve during the next term. It will be an uphill battle in his heavily Democratic district because the vote won’t be split between two opposing candidates.
“The people of Hawaii have given us a short-term lease with an option to buy in November,” Djou said. “This is not the time for us to rest on our laurels. This is the time to redouble our efforts to bring out change. To do good, to restore our nation to prosperity.”
The party was on at the Republican party headquarters in Honolulu. A band played Hawaiian music and hundreds of supporters hugged Djou, piling on a stack of floral lei around his neck. A whiteboard inside the office read, “Just Djou it!”
Hawaii’s newest member of Congress hopes to be quickly sworn in this week after his special election victory. […]
Djou also says he’d like to snag the Armed Services Committee and Committee on Natural Resources assignments that were held by his predecessor, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who resigned in February to run for governor.
UPDATE 2:Free and Strong America PAC Mitt Romney’s blog
Yes We Did — Again
Last week I wrote to you and our other team members around the country asking that you stand with me as we redouble our efforts for the important elections ahead.
And the support and enthusiasm of people like you has already paid dividends.
On Saturday, there was an important special election in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District. And just like the Massachusetts voters who sent a strong message to the liberals in Washington by electing Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate last January, the people of Hawaii have spoken by electing yet another strong conservative — Charles Djou — to Congress. This is no small feat, given that this district voted overwhelmingly for President Obama in 2008.
With your support, my PAC worked extremely hard on behalf of Charles, raising funds for his campaign, and sending direct monetary support. Making a difference in campaigns like this is why I formed my Free and Strong America PAC and it’s exhilarating to see our hard work pay off.
Our victory in Hawaii sets the stage for more conservative victories in November’s all-important midterm elections. But this is no time to rest on our laurels. This year, all 435 Congressional seats, one third of the U.S. Senate, 37 Governorships, and control of numerous state legislatures are at stake.
Will you stand with me today in making a generous contribution to my PAC of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, or even the maximum $5,000? Your support will enable us to build upon this victory and elect more conservative candidates throughout the country this November.
We are gaining momentum every day and we must keep it going during the weeks and months ahead. This could be our year to send a message of fiscal restraint and conservatism to all the big spenders in Washington and take back control of our government … but only if we stand together. I hope you will join me in this effort today.