Hawaii has a new U.S. Congressman, and he’s not a Democrat


by Sharon Rondeau

Charles Djou served one term in the Hawaii House of Representatives and was in his second term as a Honolulu city councilman when he won the special congressional election on May 22.

(May 23, 2010) — Charles Djou has won the U.S. Congressional seat formerly occupied by Neil Abercrombie (D) in the first district of Hawaii, the first Republican to hold the seat in nearly 20 years.

Djou, a Honolulu city councilman, won the special election over Democrat opponents Colleen Hanabusa, president of the Hawaii state senate, and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case.   Djou won by obtaining just under 40% of the vote, with Hanabusa and Case splitting the Democrat vote with 31% and 28%, respectively.

The Hawaii Democrat Party had been split between in its support of Case and Hanabusa, and one report stated that neither Obama nor national party leaders endorsed one or the other.

Hanabusa was one of many Hawaii legislators and officials who failed to respond to The Post & Email’s petitions and letters mailed on March 1, 2010 requesting the release of Obama’s records for scrutiny by the American people.

A report on Djou’s victory attributed to the Associated Press stated, “Republican Blow for Democrats in Haiti (sic).”  Most of the reports used as sources for this article state that Djou’s district is “Obama’s hometown” or “the district where Obama grew up” without presenting any corroborating evidence of those statements and irrespective of  widely-published accounts of Obama’s having spent his formative years in Indonesia.

Mr. Djou is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, enlisting after the September 11, 2001 attacks.  He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce and an adjunct professor at the West Oahu campus of the University of Hawaii.  A biography can be found here.

Hawaii has two congressional districts.  Djou will hold the seat until the November general election, when he will face one Democrat in a traditional congressional race.

Djou would like to be sworn in as early as Tuesday of this week.

9 Responses to "Hawaii has a new U.S. Congressman, and he’s not a Democrat"

  1. elspeth   Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    And, Barney Frank wants to see his birth certificate? Right. {sarcasm}

  2. kmyasato   Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    haiti. lol. i dont think that was a mistype.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: No, that’s actually what was published in the article.

  3. Tim   Monday, May 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    He needs to be approached with a request of verification of COLB and examining the way such requests were treated by HI administration right away and definitely well before the November elections.

    1. TexomaEd   Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM

      Would Hawaii have his records if he was born in California?

      His parents are from China (father) and Thailand (mother). Does anyone know if they were naturalized citizens at the time of his birth (or ever)? Of course, it would not matter, given that being a natural born citizen is not required for the House or Senate.

  4. b fuller   Monday, May 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Djou will only be in office for a short period and will be replaced by the democrats in November. Don’t count on any type of help with the fight against the progressives. He is a good man but badly outnumbered.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: However, the week before the election, polls showed him ahead very strong – 14 points!

    1. Tim   Monday, May 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

      Dems know that they absolutely cannot lose the House in November because the Republicans will immediately start all kinds of congressional investigations – and we all know well that they have a lot to investigate. These investigations will bog down any further activities of the Dems and may eventually decapitate them, and so they cannot lose. Nothing will stop them – just as nothing stopped the Communists in Russia.
      Mrs. Rondeau replies: Why can’t “We the People” stop them?

      1. Tim   Monday, May 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM

        Yes, this is the only way! We, the People, can do it while pursuing freedom and happiness. The Russian constitution was all about the government and none about the individual freedom, property or happiness.

  5. kenneth   Monday, May 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Will someone prove that this is his home town or just the district he once lived in!

    1. Jacob   Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

      According to Michelle, “Kenya” is his home town, not Hawaii.


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