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Djou may be sworn-in as early as Tuesday

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - He's off to Washington in 48 hours.

A day after his momentous victory to fill the vacant First District Congressional seat, Congressman-Elect Charles Djou says he may be sworn-in as early as Tuesday.

But there are two factors that may delay that.

It depends on when the State Office of Elections issues a provisional letter certifying the election and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's schedule.

Fresh off his decisive special election win over two Democratic heavyweights, Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa, Republican Charles Djou faces a quick turnaround.

"In a traditional election, a Congressional election, a member is elected in November, but doesn't take off until January, that's about two months to work out the administrative details," Djou said.

Instead of two months, Djou could have just 48 hours before being sworn-in. He says it's not much time to get settled in.

"Figure out where to live, where my office is, how to get to work, where my staff is, figure out where the bathrooms are, all of these things I have to figure out and very quickly," he said.

His big win for the GOP has not only caught the eyes and ears of the state, but the rest of the nation as well.

"Last night in Hawaii, a great win for the party with Charles Djou, we're very excited with the direction we're going because it's fueled by the people," Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said on Fox News Sunday.

Though loyal to Republicans, Djou says he is open to crossing party lines.

"If standing with Senator Inouye and Senator Akaka or for that matter, the president means bucking my political party, so be it that's what ill do," Djou said.

Djou also laid out his main focus as soon as he gets to D.C.

"Top of mine is the budget, Congress still has to do the fiscal year 2011 budget, that is probably the top priority, the size of this budget deficit currently projected as $1.6-trillion dollars, that works out to $7,000 per person in this nation," Djou said.

Hawaii News Now political analyst Dan Boylan says sky's the limit for Djou.

"He's got a lot of work to do, but he's young, he's aggressive, he's articulate, he's smart, he's got some fired up people," Boylan said.

Djou says he'd like to work on the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees.

It's the same ones Neil Abercrombie held before resigning in February to run for Governor.

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