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Hawaii ex-lawmaker Djou serves Afghanistan stint

While other candidates for Congress have spent the past six months wooing voters and donors, former Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii took a detour through Afghanistan where he was part of a team responsible for interrogating suspected Taliban fighters and determining who should be detained or freed.Congress is made up of numerous veterans who served during war time.But the Republican Djou represents a rare instance when a former lawmaker went from the partisan skirmishes on Capitol Hill to the real battlefront. Djou, a major in the Army Reserves, returned recently from a stint in Afghanistan with what he described as a better perspective on what's important in life and politics. He'll apply that perspective on the campaign trail as he attempts to persuade voters in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District to send him back to Washington.Djou's stint in Afghanistan comes with obvious disadvantages and advantages to a campaign. He could not engage in political activities while on active duty, so he...

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