Former Rep. Charles Djou (R) is looking at his options to again serve Hawaiians, signaling in a Thursday email to supporters that he could be back in Congress, citing the need for a “balanced delegation.”
There are two open seats Djou can run for next year, as Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) is retiring and Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) is running for his seat. Djou won’t run for Senate unless former Gov. Linda Lingle (R), who is strongly considering a bid, decides against it.
“The last election, while an amazing experience, took an incredible toll on my family,” Djou said. “I’ve never, however, stopped caring about our state and have continued to advocate for fiscal responsibility at all levels of our government. Troubled by the lack of bipartisan leadership by Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. House, I have begun thinking about how I can best serve the people of the State of Hawaii. As always, I appreciate your support and feedback.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.