By B.J. Reyes
We previously posted about how the national campaign committees have been keeping an eye on the race for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.
Today brought another salvo.
The National Republican Campaign Committee announced that Charles Djou had reached ‘Contender’ status as part of its Young Guns recruitment program. ‘Contender’ status is the second step in the three-level program, with Djou now facing a new set of benchmarks to reach ‘Young Gun’ status in his bid for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fired back with a statement from Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the DCCC:
“Given how closely Charles Djou’s anti-middle class agenda mirrors that of national Republicans, it’s no surprise that the NRCC has Djou on their Young Guns list.”
Djou is the only Republican who has declared his intent to seek the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie at the end of the month. Democrats in the race are former U.S. Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.