FIRST REPUBLICAN TO BE ELECTED FROM “OBAMA’S HOME TOWN” IN TWO DECADES
by Sharon Rondeau
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.
Djou would like to be sworn in as early as Tuesday of this week.