Campaign 2010

Jan 28, 2010

Try As He Might, Djou Canít Run From Republican Record

Under the direction of their gaffe-prone leader, Michael Steele, national Republicans are meeting right now in Charles Djou’s Honolulu city council district.  And, apparently concerned about having to answer to for their disastrous record, Djou is running hard to distance himself.

 

But the reality is that Djou has embraced the same brand of politics in Hawaii.

 

“Charles Djou may try to run from Michael Steele and national Republicans, but the truth is Djou’s pursued exactly the same kind of destructive, anti-middle class agenda in Hawaii,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From supporting tax breaks for millionaires and opposing tax cuts for middle class Hawaii families to advocating cuts to Honolulu’s first responders and sewage budget it’s clear Charles Djou has a record national Republicans can be proud of.”

 

Background

 

  • Republican National Committee members are holding their winter meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. [Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1/28/10]

 

  • Michael Steele held a fundraiser for Djou on Monday night in Honolulu. [Honolulu Advertiser, 1/28/10]

 

  • At the Smart Business Hawaii annual conference, Djou outlined his opposition to the economic recovery package, which included the largest tax cut in American history, saying, “This is not the right way to run our government.” [Associated Press, 1/13/09]]

 

  • 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]

 

  • 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]

 

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