Campaign 2010

Apr 30, 2010

When The Truth Comes Out, Djou’s Quick To Change His Tune

Charles Djou decried the “outside intrusion” of “Mainland” groups into the Hawaii special election.  In fact, Djou said there should be “no need for a mainland Democrat group to be involved” and said the involvement from outside groups was “unnecessary.”

But when it became clear that national Republicans helped pay for Djou’s television commercials – and that members of the House Republican leadership have cut him checks – suddenly Djou began singing a different tune. 

In fact, on Hawaii News Now Sunrise this morning, Djou actually said, “I don’t mind if people from the Mainland want to come in.”

“It appears Charles Djou is just unable to be straight with voters in the upcoming special election,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “First Djou said it was ‘unnecessary’ for Mainland groups to participate in the election and called it an ‘intrusion,’ but when it was discovered that Djou himself benefitted from Mainland Republicans – including over $90,000 in donations to help him run TV commercials – suddenly Djou said he ‘didn’t mind’ if outside groups wanted to participate.  When it benefitted his campaign and his bottom line, Charles Djou was willing to flip flop on what he’d said just days earlier – and voters in Hawaii deserve better.”

Background

  • On his Facebook page, Djou wrote, “This outside intrusion into a Hawaii political campaign is unprecedented and unnecessary. There should be no need for a mainland Democrat group to be involved unless they are afraid of how the people of Hawaii will vote. [Djou for Congress Facebook page, accessed 4/30/10]
  • On Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise broadcast on April 30, 2010, Djou remarked, “I don’t mind if people from the Mainland want to come in.” [Hawaii News Now Sunrise, 4/30/10]
  • Politico noted that members of the House Republican leadership, 40 Republican members in total, have donated to Djou. [Politico, 4/30/10]
  • Over $90,000 from the Republican National Committee was used to help pay for Charles Djou’s television commercials. [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/21/10]
  • According to the Associated Press, Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou calls the DCCC television ad an “outside intrusion.” [Associated Press, 4/8/10]
  • In a Honolulu Advertiser story, Djou called the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee a “Mainland Democrat group.” [Honolulu Advertiser, 4/8/10]

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