Hawaii ex-law­maker serves Afghanistan stint

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

While other can­di­dates for Congress have been woo­ing vot­ers and donors, for­mer Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii has spent the past six months in Afghanistan where he was re­spon­si­ble for in­ter­ro­gat­ing sus­pected Tal­iban fight­ers.

Congress is made up of nu­mer­ous war vet­er­ans. But the Re­pub­li­can rep­re­sents a rare in­stance in which a for­mer law­maker went from the par­ti­san skir­mishes on Capi­tol Hill to the real bat­tle­front.

Mr. Djou is a ma­jor in the Army Re­serve and re­cently re­turned to Hawaii from a stint that comes with ob­vi­ous dis­ad­van­tages and ad­van­tages. He could not en­gage in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, so he was out of the public eye for six months.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer first ladies Laura Bush and Bar­bara Bush share a light mo­ment with moder­a­tor Doris Kearns Good­win (right) dur­ing a dis­cus­sion Mon­day that was part of the con­fer­ence “Amer­ica’s First Ladies: An En­dur­ing Vi­sion” at SMU in Dal­las.

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