Former congressman Charles Djou announced that he would indeed run for Congress. The announcement did come with a small hitch though, as Djou announced that he would not start campaigning until late March because he is being deployed to Afghanistan.
Djou is an Army reservist and he got a call for deployment to Afghanistan right before he was suppose to make this announcement. This shouldn’t hurt Djou’s chances either way, as the race between himself and Hanabusa was very close last time and figures to be close this time around as well. If anything this deployment could help him, as voters love to see politicians in the field of battle protecting their country.
Djou – a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserve said that he has been assigned to deploy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and will serve as an advisor on the rule of law in a province near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.
Djou’s employment starts a bit after Labor Day and is scheduled to end in late March of 2012. He will not start campaigning for the Senate seat until he returns. Advantage or disadvantage? Only time will tell.