Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Campaign Operation Falters Before Official Launch
Hawai’i Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard hasn’t officially launched her campaign, and already, she’s losing her Chief of Staff. Politico reports that Campaign Manager Rania Batrice is set to depart after this weekend’s official kickoff in Hawai’i. Gabbard is leaning on her sister, Vrindavan, to fill the role. Also reportedly leaving is Gabbard’s consulting firm, Revolution Messaging. The campaign downplayed both departures, saying Batrice remains “a longtime adviser and friend,” while Revolution was only hired to help through the launch. But Gabbard’s troubles don’t end there. She is under fire back home for fighting with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), after Gabbard accused the Democratic Senator and others of having “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain.” Plus, as The Beat told you last week, state Sen. Kai Kahele -- a prominent Democratic state lawmaker -- is already challenging Gabbard in next year’s congressional primary. She could lose her 2020 presidential bid as well as her congressional seat. More here.