Hawaii’s Djou Gets Small Business Re-election Nod: Fiscal responsibility, less government stance gains Main Street’s support
WASHINGTON, D.C. Oct. 7, 2010 -- Today the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, threw its full support and endorsement behind the re-election of Hawaii’s 1st District Rep. Charles Djou.
Djou, who won the seat in a special election in May with NFIB’s support, is “a proven, small business advocate,” said the association’s vice president of political operations, Lisa Goeas. “Since joining the United States Congress earlier this year, Charles Djou has consistently voiced the concerns of small business and demonstrated his commitment by opposing increased taxes, healthcare reform and wasteful government spending.”
“Congressman Djou understands the importance of small business in restoring the nation’s economy,” she said, noting his willingness to fight growing federal regulations and stand firm against anti-business measures such as big labor’s “card check” legislation that would unfairly deny small businesses and their workers the right to secret ballot elections when faced with union-organizing campaigns.
In challenging the health reform law passed by Congress earlier this year, Djou focused his efforts on the importance of tort reform and the need for more affordable insurance options for small businesses and their employees, Goeas said.
Hawaii has nearly 26,000 small employers. Nationally, small businesses generate more than half of the non-farm gross domestic product and have created more than 60 percent of net-new jobs in the U.S. during the past 15 years.
Today’s endorsement, which comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust political action committee, is based on candidates’ positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues. It will give his candidacy a significant boost among Hawaii’s small business community, which is known to actively support pro-free-enterprise candidates by recruiting friends, family members and others to vote in important elections.