May 10th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
12 years ago

National Democrats pull out of Hawaii special election

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DCCC said Monday it will stop investing additional resources in a Hawaii special election."]Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are on the verge of picking up a congressional seat in President Obama's childhood home of Hawaii, which would be a symbolic victory for the GOP less than six months before the midterm elections.

The House Democratic campaign arm announced Monday it would no longer spend any money or time on the special election to fill former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie's Honolulu-based congressional seat. Abercrombie resigned earlier this year to run for governor.

"The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election," Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement. "Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences. The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November."

Crider is referring to the two Democrats, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who are competing in the special election along with Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou. Polling shows that Djou, a Republican, is likely to win the special election to serve the remainder of Abercrombie's term because Democrats are splitting the vote.

National Democrats acknowledge as much by their decision to focus on the November elections, where a primary will give Hawaii Democrats one candidate to rally around.

Filed under: 2010 • DCCC • Hawaii
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Lib Hunter

    And lets chalk up Hawaii as another embarassing loss come Nov for the anti American Radical Lib Party (formerly The Democrats) Many Many more losses to follow, Stay Tuned

    May 10, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Deborah/Kansas City

    Yeah, but can he produce a birth certificate?

    May 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    This State is owned by Japan,and has been for years.Big business will always destroy the people.

    May 10, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    One of these folks needs to drop out for the good of the country. they should just flip a coin or something. letting this seat go rethuglikkklan would be a real tragedy.

    May 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. MW

    Words fail me. How short sighted, ridiculous, egotistical, uncaring of the bigger picture and downright idiotic can politicians be!? The HI democrats are an embarrassment.

    May 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Mark

    They mine as well keep their Hollywood money in other states as well.

    May 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Well, that's what happens when you split the vote. Instead of overreaching and inaccurately trying to paint this election as some sort of national litmus test regarding public opinion of Obama and the Dems, one would think (if one were so inclined as to believe that GOPers have brains in their heads) that GOPers would see through the partisan colors involved and recognize that they might be needing to get their house in order with respect to many of the other elections across the country in which their tribe's votes are likely to be split...particiularly as a result of the Tealiban's teahad.

    May 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. independent thinker.

    Leave it 2 the Dems 2 mess UP a good thing they got going. And Libs call GOP hypocrites. Well that is true but you are no better.

    May 10, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Makikijoe

    I live here in Hawaii and I live in the district. It will be sad, and so unnecessary, to lose this seat to the GOP simply because the two leading Democrats who wanted the seat would refused to together and decide which of them would run. The Republican Djou will win by default.

    It's sad because Republican Djou is a GOP party robot who only espouses the GOP party line. He will vote whatever way John Boehner suggests. What had been a reliable vote for Democratic principles and positions will now be a reliable Republican vote.

    For example, Djou has said that he would have voted against the health care bill. This despite tens of milions of Americans without insurance. He don 't really care about that.

    Rest assured that Mr. Djou and his family have health insurance.

    Maybe we Dems, if we stay united in November, can take back the seat. Let's hope.

    May 10, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. obama victim

    save your money everywhere are toast in Nov

    May 10, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Red, Clayton,NC

    Yeah U here they want the forger that made the Obama "birth certificate" reassigned before the Repubs find him. Oh what have I just done......

    May 10, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. John

    I live in Hawaii and I tell you this: Dijou will be elected and then thrown out in November for one simple reason: it's a field of 3–1 Republican and 2 Democrats. The two Dems are doing well, but splitting the vote. Dijou will win and go to Washington for all of half a year. And then when he wins his primary in November and comes up against ONE Democrat, he will lose. That's ALL there is here. It's not rocket science. It's not any referendum on Obama. It's simple math. Now watch FOX make a big deal of Obama losing his home(oops, second home–they still claim Kenya I think) state. And I'm sure lapdog CNN will follow close behind...but the truth is simple and plain to see. If you look.

    May 10, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Spender H.

    Way to go dems. Keep imploding.

    May 10, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Fed Up

    A Democrat quit his current position to run for another position??? Oh my goodness! The outrage!!! Oh wait, that's only if Sarah Palin does it. And another one bites the dust.

    May 10, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. eddie

    Democrats droping our of the race in Hawaii, is it because they will not vote for a democrat?? Are they upset by the Obamas and all the race showing to one race. Or is it flying all over the workd to big shots at the taxpayers paying the bills.

    May 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    This is kind of ironic. I guess the DCCC would rather waste their money in November instead of wasting it now. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

    May 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hiwaiians select their native son, Djou, regardless of what party he represents and Democrats are smart to move out.

    May 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Marty, FL

    Symbolic-schmolic. More sensationalism by the media. The DCCC is correct to wait until the November election after the two Dems have a primary, and only one is on the ballot to compete with the Republican for true representation of the district.

    Splitting the vote in a special election is not symbolic, but rather the reality of the appeal between two Democratic candidates with one GOP on the ballot. November will be a different scenario with only one of each.

    May 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Dave

    Taking a cue from the Obama adminstration, the DCCC immediately points the finger
    "Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences...."

    May 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Charles W. Skinner

    The Democrat Party is shooting itself in the foot. There will be an Incumbent advantage from Djou winning, which will cause him to retain the seat come November. The Democrat party can kiss this seat goodbye.

    May 10, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. all the news that's fit to omit

    GET USED TO IT DIMS, you have nobody to blame but Owebama and his lying administration and his cowardly "leadership", take a bow Barry, your used to it.

    Hey Barry, your nominee deserves an up or down vote because she is qualified and because you say so????

    Why did you vote against Alito and Roberts who forgot more than this "person" knows?

    I say we "Bork her" as she never has been..............

    May 10, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |