Campaign 2010

Apr 09, 2010

Charles Djou’s Hypocrisy is Off the Charts

Charles Djou may claim to be an outsider, but he’s sure been quick to adopt the national Republican strategy of hypocrisy.

 

Djou stridently criticized the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a “Mainland” group and an “outside intrusion.”

 

But apparently Djou forgot about the multiple trips he’s taken to Washington, D.C., to meet with national Republican leaders and fundraisers, including NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions.  Djou neglected the fact that he hosted the RNC’s winter meeting in his city council district.  And Djou just plain ignored that embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele held a fundraiser for him.

 

“Despite his claims to be an outsider, Charles Djou has proven that he’s a quick study in parroting the national Republican hypocrisy strategy,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Before engaging in any more shrill rhetoric about outside groups, Djou should hold the mirror a little closer to himself and explain why he’s traveled three times to Washington, D.C., to meet with national Repoblican leaders and fundraisers, why he hosted the Republican National Committee winter meeting in his city council district and why he had embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to raise money for him.”

 

 

Background

 

  • 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]

 

  • Djou was in Washington, D.C., in March 2010,  July 2009, and February 2009. [Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3/11/10; KGMB-TV Honolulu, 7/27/09; Politico, 2/25/09]

 

  • Djou met with NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. [Djou.com, accessed 4/9/10]

 

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

 

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

 

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