Congressman Charles Djou Rides Conservative Wave To Victory

 

Congratulations

 


to Congressman Charles Djou!

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.

StarTribune.com

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.”

(emphasis mine)

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.

Associated Press

“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!”

“Ho’omaika’i!”

(Congrats!)

UPDATE: NewsMax.com

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.

Charles Djou Gets a Big Boost from Mitt Romney, Whose F&SA PAC Raised $1.5 Million Q1 2010

Charles Djou Mitt Romney Endorsement

On May 22nd, Hawaii will have a special election to choose who will represent them in Congress.  Is Charles Djou of Hawaii the Sequel to Scott Brown of Massachusetts? Mitt Romney seems to hope so.  He has provided a big boost to Charles Djou’s campaign by donating $2,500 and providing more exposure to this important race.  This race is a three-candidate race which gives Djou a much better chance to win than he would have against only one democratic candidate.  Mitt has had a very good record of helping the candidates he endorses get elected, and let’s hope it continues.

Will a Republican win the house seat representing President Obama’s official birthplace?

In related news, Mitt’s Free & Strong America PAC raised $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2010.  In the coming days, we’ll know how it stacks up to the other PACs of potential 2012 candidates.  If you want to help Mitt’s PAC acquire the resources it needs to continue to fund and support important races all over the country, check out one suggestion here.

Click here for a complete list of the PAC’s donations in the first quarter of 2010

Update: Mitt’s PAC raised almost 3x as much as Pawlenty’s.  We’re still waiting on SarahPac and HuckPac.

Update 2: SarahPAC raised $400,000 in Q1, but spent a lot of money on direct mail at the end of the quarter that should increase her totals for next quarter.

Final Update: All the Numbers are in

Scott Brown to Obama: “Stay Away” from Massachusetts.

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown issued a stern warning to President Obama, cautioning him to “stay away” from Massachusetts as he battles Democratic rival Martha Coakley in a heated race, the Boston Herald reported:

Surging GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday warned President Obama to “stay away” from the Bay State during his roiling race against Democratic rival Martha Coakley and not to interfere with their intensifying battle in the campaign’s final days.

“He should stay away and let Martha and I discuss the issues one on one,” Brown said. “The machine is coming out of the woodwork to get her elected. They’re bringing in outsiders, and we don’t need them.”

Scott Brown to Obama: "Stay Away"

Coakley’s campaign showed signs of panic as they scrambled to get a last-minute appearance by Obama to bolster their effort before Tuesday’s election.

Some polls are showing the Senate contest far closer than any pundits expected, and Coakley in danger of losing her clear shot at the historic seat.

Coakley said yesterday she hasn’t heard from the White House. “I welcome his support, but we’ve got a lot of support here in Massachusetts (and) I think he’s got a lot on his plate in Washington,” she said.

Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that the president had no plans to visit Massachusetts, even though he realizes “there’s a lot at stake in the election.”

But sources said Coakley is pushing for a Sunday event with Obama as the race remains glued to the national spotlight.

“We would love to see Obama any time,” said Boston City Council President Michael Ross, a Coakley supporter who attended her event at Dorchester’s Kit Clark Senior Center yesterday. “Any time the president of the United States comes it will remind Democrats to get involved.”

But Republican consultant Charlie Manning said a visit from a president with tanking ratings would make Coakley look desperate as upstart Brown enjoys a last-minute boost from climbing poll numbers and media momentum.

“It’s sort of like trying to bail out a boat that’s already sinking. I don’t think they can fool the voters of Massachusetts this time,” Manning said.

National interest in the race centers on an impending vote on health-care reform – championed by the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

A Brown win would be crushing for Obama, who would lose a 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate, said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

In addition to a rally headed by former President Bill Clinton planned for tomorrow, Coakley’s team circulated a heartfelt plea from Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, last night asking supporters for help. They’re also rumored to be pushing for a potential event with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.

“It’s a real fight at this point in time,” said U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Quincy). “We’re doing everything we can to help.”

Brown urged Coakley’s campaign to keep the race about local issues instead of national figures.

“It’s me against the machine,” he said. “And it always has been.”