By B.J. Reyes
From his email newsletter:
2) EVENT WITH CONGRESSMAN SCALISE – Tomorrow, Friday, July 6, from 6pm to 8pm, Charles is joining his former colleague, Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. Feel free to come by if you would like to meet Congressman Scalise.
Hanabusa campaign spokesman Richard Rapoza took note of Djou hanging out with a “conservative star,” adding:
“You can tell a lot about a man by who his friends are. Congressman Scalise wants to end Medicare as we know it, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny the reality of global climate change. Those radically conservative positions may be okay in his district in Louisiana, but they do not reflect the values of Hawaii voters. I think using Steve Scalise as a fundraising draw speaks volumes about Charles Djou’s values, and how little he has in common with our district.”
Officials said the event was not organized by Djou’s campaign, but is a private function that brought Scalise to Hawaii. Djou is simply dropping by to meet with his former colleague from the House GOP caucus and other supporters.
In an email sent Friday, Djou framed the response as “partisan bickering”:
“I highlight this for you because I believe that it speaks volumes about what is wrong with our government today. We have tremendous problems facing our nation: a sluggish economy; high unemployment; a $1.2 trillion budget deficit. People are suffering and they are afraid that our beloved nation is headed toward financial disaster.
“We need to work together — Democrats and Republicans. We need to reach out to each other; we need to listen; we need to make tough decisions and compromise when necessary. We cannot allow partisan bickering to define us to the extent that we allow all that is good about our country to be destroyed.”
Djou’s email ended with a call for help, asking supporters to add a bumper sticker to their cars, place a yard sign in front of their house, or donate to his campaign.
Djou and Hanabusa are expected to win their respective primaries and face off in the November general election.