National Republicans hail Djou's victory
Republicans on the national level quickly lauded Charles Djou's victory today in the special election for Congress.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today from Washington:
"I would like to congratulate Charles Djou on his incredible victory in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District. His success and this victory came in Barack Obama's hometown, a district the President carried by a margin of 70-28% in 2008. Charles' victory is evidence his conservative message of lowering the tax burden, job creation and government accountability knows no party lines. It is a message Americans want to hear from candidates across the country.
This race was about the people of Hawaii and not the union bosses and special interest groups that tried to influence the outcome. Charles Djou is the type of candidate and ran the type of campaign that will help lead us to historic gains this November. Along with the NRCC who worked so hard in this race, we are proud to welcome him to Congress and know his future is bright in the Republican Party."
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) issued the following statement:
"I congratulate Charles Djou for his victory and a successful campaign based on the widely-shared values of cutting spending, shrinking government and creating real, permanent American jobs. I have no doubt that Hawaii families will be well-represented in Congress as he joins our fight to return common sense economic policies and fiscal sanity to Washington.
"Eighteen months ago, President Obama carried this district with seventy percent of the vote, which makes Charles Djou's victory an impressive one. Tonight, the voters of Hawaii reaffirmed that middle class families are looking for fresh, new leaders who will take this country in a new direction and serve as a check and balance to Washington Democrats' reckless and unpopular policies of deficit spending, higher taxes and fewer jobs. Charles Djou's victory not only changes the makeup of the House of Representatives, but it helps Republicans move one step closer toward winning back the majority in November. Both Charles and his wife Stacey worked tirelessly in this campaign and tonight it paid off."
"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Chairman Steele and the Republican National Committee for the money and manpower they provided in this winning effort. I am grateful for all that he and his team have done to help ensure that 2010 is a successful year for the Republican Party and the entire slate of candidates running across the country."