‘Goodbye for now’

September 9th, 2011

Republican congressional candidate Charles Djou temporarily bade farewell today to Hawaii and his campaign as he set off for Afghanistan with his U.S. Army Reserve unit.

Djou, an attorney and a U.S. Army major, is not scheduled to return until late March. He announced his deployment last month when he formally entered the race for the 1st Congressional District against Democratic U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

In a farewell/fundraising email message to supporters, Djou said he would not be campaigning while on duty.

The complete message:

From: Congressman Charles Djou
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 10:02 AM
Subject: Goodbye for now
Aloha Subscriber,

Today marks my final day in Hawaii before I deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

This weekend also marks the 10th Anniversary of the terrible events of 9-11.  It is a poignant reminder of why today we still have 100,000 American soldiers in harm’s way in Afghanistan, and a reminder that each one of those 100,000 soldiers has a parent, a spouse, a child and other loved ones at home anxiously awaiting their return.

It is with a heavy heart that I leave Hawaii.  I will especially miss my wife, Stacey, my son, Nick and my sweet girls, Tori and Alli.  But, I am proud to serve my country in whatever way I can.  It is a commitment I made a decade ago when I received my commission a month after 9-11, and it’s a commitment I intend to honor to the best of my ability.

In my absence, my sole focus will be on my mission.  I will not be campaigning while in Afghanistan, and will instead leave it to my wife and my very capable campaign team to communicate our message, grow our grassroots efforts, and raise the funds it takes to support a congressional campaign.  If you can consider making a contribution of $200, $100, or even just $50 to my campaign efforts to help my team while I am away, I would deeply appreciate your support.

The price of freedom is not free and I believe in the cause facing our nation to defeat terror and champion liberty.  Mahalo for your support and prayers for our servicemembers now overseas in combat theater and for all of the many veterans who have served our nation.  May God bless you and your family and may God bless the United States of America.


5 Responses to “‘Goodbye for now’”

  1. Goober:

    “I Shall Return”.

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Good riddance!

  3. Goober:

    It seems one who fishes has caught nothing and should not be considered a desciple of one. His net is full of holes.

  4. hipoli:

    “Even JUST fifty”?!?

    That’s JUST fifty to a spoiled rich brat. To the rest of us that’s JUST a couple of dinners for our family or JUST registration for after school activities or JUST a tank of gas to get the rest of the JUST non rich US to our measley jobs that don’t pay US a lot so that ‘even JUST fifty’ is still a lot of money.

    Whoever wrote that for Djou needs to get a clue.

  5. Go away:

    Please don’t bother campaigning after you return, either.

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