Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard recently announced her intent to run for her party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential election, but less than three weeks later and her campaign has hit some turbulence.
As Politico reports, Gabbard’s campaign manager and a consulting firm hired by the campaign have departed before her run was officially declared.
“Two-and-a-half weeks after the Hawaii Democrat told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn’t know was coming, after weeks of debating the timing of the rollout—the 37-year-old congresswoman has struggled to contain the chaos,” Politico reports.
According to the report, campaign manager Rania Batrice and Gabbard’s consulting firm Revolution Messaging are parting ways with the Hawaii Congresswoman before she officially declares her run this weekend.
Via the Hill:
Gabbard is planning to hold a rally in Hawaii this weekend to formally launch her campaign, but the Politico report describes the campaign as already being in disarray.
Since announcing her bid, Gabbard has also faced criticism for previously associating with anti-LGBTQ stances — for which she has apologized — and for meeting in 2017 with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Gabbard’s trouble on the national stage is only part of the drama the rising star is forced to deal with as she also is facing a primary challenge.
Meanwhile, the congresswoman is under fire back home after picking a fight with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and a prominent Democratic state lawmaker is already challenging Gabbard in next year’s congressional primary. That means she faces the possibility of losing the presidential race and her House seat as well.
For years, Gabbard has been regarded as a rising star in the Democratic Party, and supporters hoped she could use a presidential bid to pressure party elites toward a non-interventionist foreign policy. But her early campaign stumbles and problems back home—where at times she’s had sky-high approval ratings—call into question whether the Hawaii lawmaker can compete on the national stage.
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