As he works to defy the short-timer label that Democrats and many political pundits have already assigned to him, Rep. Charles K. Djou (R) has had little time to celebrate his late May special election victory in Hawaii’s 1st district.
Keeping his Democratic-leaning seat into the 112th Congress will require Djou to quickly demonstrate his independent bona fides, which is no easy task in one of the most partisan political environments in recent memory.
But that doesn’t mean Djou isn’t also taking up national GOP leaders on all the institutional support that they have to offer.
Djou has already been enrolled in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Patriot” program, which provides campaign finance and infrastructure support to targeted incumbents. A day after he arrived in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Memorial Day recess, the newest GOP Member also benefitted from a fundraiser headlined by top party brass. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will hold another fundraiser for Djou this Wednesday, while Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is set to hold a fundraiser for him next week.
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