*** TOP SIX REASONS CHARLES DJOU
IS A CLOSET DEMOCRAT ***
Let's get right to the point: RINO Charles Djou is anything BUT a 'mainstream Republican' or a 'centrist' or a so-called 'moderate'. Though he pretends otherwise, Djou is so LIBERAL that he almost makes RINO Beth Fukumoto seem like a conservative.
With that said, perennial big government candidate Djou is currently looking to exploit the demise of Democrat congressman Mark Takai's health by running in 2016 for what political consultants call "an open seat". One week from today marks the deadline for politicians to file papers to be on the ballot for August's primary election. Yet only a few weeks ago, Djou was
toying with the idea of running for Honolulu mayor
. But now, Takai's announcement that his cancer is getting worse effectively opened the door for closet Democrat Djou and card-carrying Democrat Colleen Hanabusa to have a CD1 rematch.
Now, Democrat consultants LOVE Djou because he's so much like them. It speaks volumes that Democrat Ernie Martin's campaign consultant is known to serve as Djou's campaign manager. And current Democrat party officers are known to be Djou fundraisers. [More about this in an upcoming story from HIRA about Democrat infiltration of the Hawaii GOP.] For now, let's focus on the issues that make Djou a Democrat, not just the hidden connections to the Democrat Party. Sad but true, Colleen Hanabusa and Charles Djou have a LOT in common.
On last week's TV news story about Djou's possible 2016 candidacy for Congress, progressive RINO party chairman Fritz Rohlfing had this to say about Djou: "He fits the bill perfectly." Sorry, buddy. Conservatives and real Republicans do NOT agree with you at all.
Just as Beth Fukumoto pretends to be a Republican but really is NOT, what follows are HIRA's Top Six Reasons Djou isn't a "mainstream Republican", but actually a closet Democrat.
SPOILER ALERT: Djou's positions on key issues are IDENTICAL to Hanabusa's.
As Djou himself admits: "My position on immigration is different from the majority of national Republicans." During his last run for Congress (2014, his third one), Djou boasted to the liberal news media: "I support comprehensive immigration reform. As a congressman, I voted in favor of the DREAM Act and cosponsored legislation to expand the number of high technology visas for foreign nationals who earn degrees in engineering and sciences in the U.S. I support a plan that could allow undocumented immigrants who pay a fine and properly apply for legalization in their home country to find a path to legal residency."
Yes indeed, Djou certainly abused his position to push the Democrat agenda during his very brief tenure in Congress as a fake Republican who supports importing cheap foreign labor. The controversial DREAM Act was acted on by the U.S. House during a late-night session in December 2010 with a vote of 216 - 198. While 38 Democrats decided to vote "no" on the bill, 8 Republican RINOS including Charles Djou flipped and voted "yes" to pass the legislation. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the incoming Judiciary Committee chairman, rebuked Djou and the other RINOs: "The DREAM Act is a nightmare for the American people. It insults American workers, American taxpayers, and anyone who believes in the rule of law. The DREAM Act hurts millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, are under-employed or are threatened with layoffs. It puts the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of those of law-abiding Americans."
On a national scale, Djou's amnesty would insult Hawaii workers, Hawaii taxpayers, and Hawaii's law-abiding citizens. As Djou said: "I was the most independent member of Hawaii's congressional delegation and broke ranks with pretty much almost any - more so than almost any other Republican and I'm proud of that."
Don't be surprised by this
: Charles Djou actually created the bloated and costly rail construction bureaucracy known as HART; a Hawaii's home for incompetent Democrats, special interest bureaucrats, and good old boys from the Mufi Hannemann and Kirk Caldwell administrations to receive excessive salaries while socking it to taxpayers. That's right, Djou actually wrote and introduced the bill to create the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transit. Then Djou advocated for passage of the bill, got Honolulu's City Charter amended, and made the money-sucking HART a permanent part of our overpriced and overtaxed lives in the islands.
Democrat Mayor Mufi Hannemann was happy to sign Djou's ill-conceived bill and help to push for HART's adoption along with a drooling Kirk Caldwell, GOP turncoat Peter Carlisle, and the rest of the greedy Democrat Machine and Rail Syndicate. What kind of phony "fiscal conservative" takes the lead in creating a new, costly, government bureaucracy?? Charles Djou.
You see, back in 2009, as his time on the City Council was winding down, City Councilman Djou was preparing to run for Congress. You remember back when he fired his council staff in order to put his campaign team of Democrats on the City payroll, don't you? This was around the same time Djou ignored the sage advice of actual conservatives in order to throw a large bone named "HART" to the Rail Syndicate; with Djou pandering to Democrat special interests by giving them exactly what they wanted: the creation of a brand new government bureaucracy to gobble up the billions of tax dollars collected for the rail project.
We all know what an expensive disaster HART has turned out to be. Djou's new agency has run amok!! Once Djou's HART got created, the $3.7 billion pricetag for rail MORE THAN DOUBLED to $8.1 billion -- and it continues to rise each time you watch the news. Thanks for nothing Chucky. Instead of running for Congress, how about staying here on Oahu and cleaning up the gigantic mess you made? Folks, keep reminding yourself that Charles Djou actually created HART, which is fleecing you every single day. Yes, he actually wrote the bill on HART. It doesn't get much worse than that.
Despite exploiting the political resources of island Christians in the socially conservative Republican community to get himself briefly elected to Congress in the 2010 special election, Djou delivered the same pro-LGBT results they would have gotten from Hanabusa or Ed Case. Shocked by Djou's duplicity, Christian conservatives and real Republicans are no longer supporting Djou. And you can't blame them one bit.
Such attitudes add up to a classic, Democrat 'pro-choice' position
. And the local chapter of the national right-to-life group which generally backs Republicans who share its anti-abortion views opted NOT to endorse Charles Djou, the likely GOP nominee in the 1st Congressional District race.
Grace added: "We don't believe the abortion issue is finished," she said. "That's why we need strong men and women in our local and national governments to work toward repealing these laws that harm innocent people." Charles Djou simply isn't one of those 'strong men'. And liberals never will be.
Politician Djou doesn't talk about his hopes of creating a segregated, discriminatory Hawaii in which OHA has been transformed into a wasteful new government . . . because he would never get elected. So if you are hearing about this for the first time, don't be surprised about Djou's liberal thinking.
Kowtowing to Democrat power brokers and special interest groups on the eve of his 1st run for Congress in 2010, Djou threw his support to the Akaka Bill which seeks to create a new government for part-Hawaiians only. The "Akaka Bill" which was designed by Democrats to make government bigger and more expensive by letting OHA transform into a full-fledged government; a government which will wastefully and deliberately duplicate the existing departments, agencies and programs of federal, state and county governments for the already overtaxed people of Hawaii to pay for.
Hawaii Republicans have enough problems. We don't need someone who'll use his congressional office to create another bureaucracy or divide people by ethnicity. You need to know what Hawaii News Now reported when Djou lost in 2010: "Djou also says he got a lot of commitments from Republican colleagues to support the Akaka bill, but isn't so sure his Democrat opponents will be able to do the same." Should progressive Djou ever return to Congress, he'll actively pursue this racist, big government agenda in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and repeated U.S. Supreme Court rulings against racism. And Colleen Hanabusa is renewing her commitments to her fellow Democrats to do the exact same thing.
Djou claims to be a fiscal conservative -- "I've built my career on being fiscally responsible," boasts Djou. Yet once again, we must ask the question: What kind of phony "fiscal conservative" would want to help Democrats make Hawaii government even bigger, more expensive, and more wasteful while making Democrats and their special interest buddies even more powerful? A 'centrist' like Charles Djou. That's who!
Fellow Republicans, Charles Djou is on the wrong side of giant issues which clearly separate Republicans and conservatives from Democrats and liberals. Let's get real. While Djou was in Congress, he had a more liberal voting record than Democrats. In fact, he was the 2nd MOST LIBERAL Republican in the entire Congress. Do Djou's supporters have any idea that he is really a Democrat using the Hawaii GOP for access to the ballot? Probably not.
What matters is that the Hawaii GOP has a hard enough time taking on Democrats when so many of our own candidates and incumbents and party officers are full-blown RINO's. That's why it makes perfect sense Rohlfing and Saiki and Marumoto think that Djou's Democrat positions are perfectly fine.
Djou's repeated efforts to saddle taxpayers with wasteful new bureaucracies is anything BUT fiscally conservative. Likewise, his pushing of progressive social policies is anything BUT socially conservative.
Island Democrats do a good enough job by themselves pushing the liberal agenda. We don't need Djou and his enablers sucking GOP resources of time (just 23 weeks till general election), money, and effort into the mission of pushing that same LIBERAL agenda. But that's what will happen if the Hawaii GOP keeps lurching to the left to accommodate RINO's like Charles Djou.
Hawaii voters deserve a choice. Against Hanabusa, unfortunately, Djou offers a Beth Fukumoto-esque echo of the very policies that Democrats already offer. HIRA provided six reasons above that Djou is a closet Democrat. The total list is actually much longer.
HIRA encourages brave men and women with courage, conviction, and the will to fight for freedom to run for office in 2016 and beyond. We hope and pray that Republican candidates step forward to fight the increasingly destructive Democrat monopoly rule in Hawaii which obviously deserves the credit for 62 years of failed policies. The deadline to get on the ballot is one week away (June 7th).
But as HIRA will report to you in the days ahead, Hawaii's GOP leaders have already written off 2016 as a loss and will provide no support to its candidates. You can thank RINO party leaders Fritz Rohlfing, Andrew Walden and the rest of their officer team at next year's state convention . . . which, thanks to HIRA, party leaders failed in their effort to cancel.
new party officers in 2017 and get down to the business of selling the public on our conservative solutions to Hawaii's (and the nation's) problems. After 62 years of one-party governance, Hawaii deserves better than Democrats have to offer.
Once the Hawaii GOP is under new and improved management, the 2018 election will look a LOT more promising at the state and county level than the slow-motion RINO-caused trainwreck of 2016.
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