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Djou will seek Congressional seat

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:29 p.m. HST, Apr 03, 2014

Ending months of speculation, former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou announced Thursday morning that he is entering the Republican primary for the seat he once held.

Djou made his plans to seek the 1st Congressional District seat on KSSK radio's "Perry and Price" show after tweeting an hour earlier he would be doing so "after considerable thought and prayer."

Djou, 43, served about six months following a special election for the 1st Congressional District seat in May 2010 after then-Congressman Neil Abercrombie resigned to focus on running for governor. Djou then lost a race for a full-term to current incumbent Colleen Hanabusa.

Hanabusa is foregoing re-election this year to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Before becoming a congressman, Djou served on the Honolulu City Council and state House of Representatives.

Djou, a lawyer, is the first Republican to publicly announce that he will seek the seat. The latest state Office of Elections report shows no one has sought nomination papers as a Republican.

A crowd of candidates in the Democratic primary include City Council members Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, state Sen. Will Espero, state Rep. Mark Takai and community activist Kathryn Xian.

A February poll sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now showed Kim as the front-runner in the Democratic primary, with Takai about 10 points behind. Chang and Anderson finished third and fourth, respectively.

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Wazdat wrote:
He's got my vote. Sick of all the B $ from the dems and the way they have DESTROYED this island.

I used to vote for dems, now its for the person and Djou is the best choice !!

on April 3,2014 | 08:11AM
justin_thyme wrote:
Djou constantly seeks to interject religious issues into politics and law-making. This violates the all-important principle that religion and government must remain separate. He is also more than a little tea-partyish. For those reasons and many more, Djou is not fit for office. His campaign will crash and burn once again.
on April 3,2014 | 10:42AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"His campaign will crash and burn once again" ...... And not to mention that his being a Republican. But maybe he'll be like Linda Lingle in her senate bid. She kept that "(R)" away from her name. It didn't work.
on April 3,2014 | 12:01PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
So did former GOP Chair David Chang when he ran for State Rep. in the election won by Karl Rhoads. It was conveniently NOT on his signs. When I asked him "why" when he was sign waving on the corner, he said it wasn't relevant and that people didn't care about that sort of thing. Yeah.... right....
on April 3,2014 | 03:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Agreed. He's by far the best choice.
on April 3,2014 | 02:36PM
false wrote:
I'll vote for Djou over all the clowns now running. If the U.S. senate and representatives becomes Republican majority controlled in November, as expected, Hawaii will need a Republican voice to get anything for this partisan state.
on April 3,2014 | 08:16AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Great! Finally someone is stepping up!
on April 3,2014 | 08:33AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Geez, the GOP depth chart is rather thin. They only can recycle the same losers with the same message. They really don't get it.
on April 3,2014 | 08:50AM
boshio wrote:
Its thin here in Hawaii due to the republican party in congress being "broken". Djou will have to separate himself from the tea party in congress which will be a hard road ahead if he wins. Should have run for Governor instead.
on April 3,2014 | 11:27AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'd rather he run for the Senate seat so that we have an alternate choice between dumb and dumber.
on April 3,2014 | 09:12AM
DanLBoom wrote:
Excellent Charles!! Happy to hear your'e entering the race.If anyone has the most experience in the US House senate race today...it'sgotta be you. Heard it on KSSK radio this morning and was just elated.. Right On Brah! We already have too many Democrats in Hawaii.One party system rule is unacceptible and creates only stagnism.We need both parties in Washington.Cross examining each other.... so to speak Let's see some equal balance in Washington. I admire your familly and especially your wife, for being strong and standing by you.Thanks again for stepping -up to the plate and taking on the challenge. Mahalo Nui Mr. Djou. IMUA
on April 3,2014 | 09:15AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Just curious. Why do you suppose we have a majority of democrats in Hawaii? Do you think it *might* be because that's what a majority of people here prefer?
on April 3,2014 | 09:24AM
serious wrote:
copperwire9--correct, the people here want the Democrats to keep them on welfare, to have the highest cost of living in the USA, the highest home prices, the most Union percentages, a complete monopoly on shipping via the Jones Act--no lottery gambling--that might detract our citizens from going to Las Vegas where they spend One Billion $$$$ a year on gambling. Now, if that makes sense--than that's the mentality of the Hawaiian voters!! Should I mention the homeless, our traffic congestion--the worst state to do business????
on April 3,2014 | 09:41AM
Maipono wrote:
Actually, the Dems benefit from the public's Ainokea attitude, and since only people in the unions and the those who benefit from all the generous government contracts actually vote. The general public is pretty conservative in their views, and while they have been sleeping, all these changes the Dems have been doing is disturbing them are getting noticed. The change is coming copperwire9, like what happened to me.
on April 3,2014 | 10:13AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
@copperwire9: They'll just keep finding other excuses instead of believing that simple truth. People here do not agree with them.
on April 3,2014 | 03:18PM
PokeStop wrote:
Anybody but a Democrat!
on April 3,2014 | 09:30AM
kiragirl wrote:
Finally a viable R candidate.
on April 3,2014 | 09:44AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Viable? The dude has lost his last two elections, he went to congress only because it was an opan primary and the multiple Dem candidates split the vote, and when he got to congress he voted agaist educational funding for Hawaii. The man is good for 35% to 40% of the vote in Congressional District 1 but evertime he runs that educational funding vote gets slammed in his face. This is the problem with the Republican Party, they keep recycling candidates that have a track record of losing. They bring Pat Saiki back as Chair how are we supposed to recruit new fresh faces with her as Chair? Geez. Good luck Charles, your're going to need it. At least Linda Lingle is stayin under the radar.
on April 3,2014 | 12:03PM
false wrote:
Hey, he at least won by being elected, not appointed like Schatz was. Djou doesn't have to bring out the obligatory Chinese in-laws as Schatz does, he doesn't have to start using chopsticks in commercials as Schatz. That TV commercial by Schatz is an insult to all local Asians. I think we're smarter than that.
on April 3,2014 | 01:42PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Ethnic politics in Hawaii? Surely you jest, we don't have such things in Hawaii. Everyone does it, get over it.
on April 3,2014 | 03:14PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And we're smarter than buying that line of thinking false. If he didn't have his family in his ads, you folks would just yammer about him being shame about his relatives. He can't please you folks and he's smart enough to know it. You're probably going to vote for Mr. Djou anyway regardless of what any Democrat does.
on April 3,2014 | 03:20PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No, among local families of the, um, Asian persuasion, the Schatz ad really is a source of great humor and snark beyond belief. Trust me on this one, Schatz' PR team did not do him a favor with that ad. Yes, it's a well known and beloved technique for the ha0le guy to trot out the Asian wife to get some local cred but it's tricky to pull off successfully. This one wasn't the pinnacle of advertising success and comes across as self serving even to Brian's supporters.
on April 3,2014 | 04:57PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
A politician that is self-serving? Surely you jest. Doesn't change my point about "false"... he/she would slam the Democrat regardless.
on April 3,2014 | 06:32PM
false wrote:
Wrong. If Djou wasn't running, I probably would have voted for Kim. What you dyed in the wool democrats don't or can't realize is that come November, the US senate and congress will be controlled by republicans. Now tell me how Hawaii is going to fare with all democratic representation. Also, sorry to burst your bubble but I vote independently, trying to select those I feel can do the best job. Unfortunately, I even voted for Neil, which I am regretting more and more.
on April 3,2014 | 07:23PM
Maipono wrote:
The most qualified person for the job, of all the other candidates Djou actually spent time as our Representative in Washington D.C. representing our great state. He will be working with the majority party of the House, Republicans, and getting things done for Hawaii and the rest of the country.
on April 3,2014 | 09:58AM
NiteMarcher wrote:
Glad to see him stepping up to the home plate once again. With all that is happening world wide at this time, the voting in of our future leaders has never played such an important role as it is does today. Our people need to seriously think about which candidate will best serve and represent the interests of the people of Hawaii, and this starts by not placing all their cookies in one basket.
on April 3,2014 | 10:00AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I pray that he does not initiate those rude, intrusive, impersonal robo calls like he did in the last election. That is a direct reflection on the politician that uses this technology. Have your campaign staff make telephone calls. Most everyone really appreciates a human voice.
on April 3,2014 | 11:05AM
AndrewWalden wrote:
CD1 Poll: Good News for Charles Djou http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/11998/CD1-Poll-Good-News-for-Charles-Djou.aspx
on April 3,2014 | 11:36AM
tod wrote:
on April 3,2014 | 11:39AM
NieleHK wrote:
I actually also heard the announcement on the Mike Buck show on KHNR and saw it on Hawaii News Now this morning, both much better interviews than on the Price and Perry show. Go Charles!
on April 3,2014 | 01:52PM
808zone wrote:
He's got my vote too! Glad to see he is back in the race.
on April 3,2014 | 04:09PM
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