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  Djou departs political life, slamming door behind him
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Last EditedRBH  Jan 14, 2011 02:31pm
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AuthorDavid Shapiro
News DateWednesday, January 5, 2011 08:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt wasn't quite, "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore," but Charles Djou made a rather ungracious exit from his brief stint representing Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.

At his farewell news conference, he all but swore off elective politics and assailed his successor, Colleen Hanabusa, in advance for any disappointments Hawaii might suffer on issues such as federal funding for the $5.5 billion Oahu rail project.

"If rail funding doesn't come through, we have to lay the blame at the hands of Colleen Hanabusa and the rest of Hawaii's congressional delegation," said Djou, who had similar sentiments on the future of the Akaka Bill for native Hawaiian political recognition.

Not what voters like to hear in a state that still values good political sportsmanship and hasn't yet bought into the poisonous divisions on the mainland.
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