In one of his first acts as a member of Congress, Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) voted to repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, saying:
On that particular issue, it comes from personal experience. I have served for nearly 10 years now in the United States Army Reserve. What concerned me about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is that it just simply doesn’t work. And I saw too many instances as an army reservist, soldiers would sign up for a re-enlistment bonus. Get this gigantic sum from the American taxpayer. And then as soon as the unit gets called up to mobilize to Iraq and Afghanistan, they suddenly claim they are gay, with no prior indication of that whatsoever. Get the discharge and keep the bonus. That’s wrong, that’s unfair and that’s why this policy should be changed.
Nice to have a Republican offer such a robust critique of DADT.
And while many pundits and prognosticators thought his victory this past May in a three-way race (with him facing against two Democrats) was a fluke, the Hawai’i Republican is tied or ahead in most recent polls, with one survey showing him “ahead of [Democrat Colleen] Hanabusa, 45 percent to 41 percent among likely voters” in a district that gave Obama 70 percent of its votes.
Djou is a fiscal conservative, contending that the “federal government is spending too much money on programs that do too little for the American people. Washington’s intervention in our economy has spiraled out of control.”
Given how close the polls are and the Democratic makeup of this fiscal conservative’s district, Djou may need a few extra bucks to beat his liberal Democratic opponent across the finish line. We urge join to join us in supporting Charles Djou.