By B.J. Reyes
The National Republican Congressional Committee, a group that seeks to help GOP candidates get elected to Congress, has ranked former congressman Charles Djou as a “Contender” candidate as he tries to reclaim the U.S. House seat he held for seven months in 2010.
Contender is the third tier of the group’s “Young Guns” program, which recruits and identifies strong candidates for open-seat and challenger races.
Djou is expected to win his GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District, representing urban Oahu, and then face U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in November. It would be a rematch of 2010, when Djou was the incumbent after winning a special election to fill the seat vacated when Neil Abercrmobie stepped down to run for governor.
In a news release issued Wednesday, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said:
“We are looking forward to working with Charles Djou, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory. Charles Djou’s dedication and experience positions him to advocate for pro-growth policies and fight the failed Democrat status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Democrats’ record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Hawaii families know has failed.”
The NRCC’s Young Guns program encourages candidates who have proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns further in order to achieve victory on Election Day, the NRCC said in a news release. In achieving Contender status, Djou has met the third set of these organizational and fundraising benchmarks.