Campaign 2010

Mar 17, 2010

Despite His Claims, Djou’s Been Serving Corporate Special Interests Not Honolulu Families

Despite His Claims in TV Ad, Charles Djou’s Been Serving Corporate Special Interests – Not Honolulu Families


What’s interesting about Charles Djou’s new TV ad isn’t what he says, it’s what he doesn’t say.


Djou doesn’t talk about his long record of supporting corporate special interests over the needs of families in Hawaii.


He doesn’t mention that he argued for eliminating employer-sponsored health insurance or that he blocked efforts to allow Hawaii to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug costs. 


Djou doesn’t discuss his plan to abolish taxes on health insurance companies – the same insurance companies that have recently proposed double-digit premium increases in many states.


Djou doesn’t discuss his efforts to slash the first responders’ budget in Honolulu or his disastrous plan that would impair radio systems used by emergency personnel. And he doesn’t bring up his proposal to cut sewage funding, which would help ensure Oahu doesn’t face another massive sewage spill, like Waikiki’s major 2006 spill, that would close beaches and hurt the economy.


He doesn’t address his timid, politically-motivated semi-endorsement of the effort to subject Hawaiian seniors’ Social Security benefits to the whim of the stock market and greedy Wall Street traders, and cutting Social Security benefits for those under 55.


And, not surprisingly, Djou doesn’t discuss his plan to offer huge tax breaks for the rich and his opposition to tax cuts for middle-class Honolulu families.


“Charles Djou owes it to voters to stop hiding behind his rhetoric and start owning up to his lengthy record of support for corporate special interests over the needs of families in Hawaii,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “After all, Djou proclaiming to have spent his life in service to Hawaii is about as credible as a Milli Vanilli cover of Don Ho’s ‘Tiny Bubbles.’”




  • Djou told the American Spectator that President Bush “had the right idea” in addressing Social Security reform “but wasn’t willing to say he supported a specific plan because” he’d be attacked “for wanting to destroy Social Security.” [American Spectator, 3/12/10]


  • In his Congressional campaign, Djou has argued that the current structure of health insurance in the U.S. is an anachronism and that the insurance market be made a more “normal” individual choice. [, accessed 3/8/10]


  • In 2009, Djou proposed trimming five percent from the city budget across all agencies and programs, excluding federal funds, special funds or debt service. [Honolulu Advertiser, 5/12/09]


  • According to Honolulu’s budget director, the cuts that Djou proposed in 2003 would mean no repair or maintenance for the radio system used by police, fire and other emergency and public service agencies.  A failure of the system, the budget director said, would “significantly impair public safety.” [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/22/03]


  • Djou argued for eliminating taxation for insurance companies. [Statement of Rep. Djou, 2/15/02; Page 221 of 2002 House Journal; Statement of Rep. Djou, 4/30/02; Page 1062-1063 of 2002 House Journal]


  • Djou voted against the Prescription Drug Access Program in which the state “would negotiate with drug companies for prescription drug costs.”  [HB 47, 3/6/01; Page 420 of 2001 House Journal; Statement of Rep. Rath, 3/6/01; Page 419 of 2001 Journal]


  • Djou has advocated for a flat tax which, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, “…would dramatically shift the tax burden away from the wealthy--and onto the middle class and the poor.” [Honolulu Advertiser, 10/09/00; Citizens for Tax Justice testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, 5/17/95]