Audrey Mcavoy Associated Press Published 1:38 PM EDT Oct 12, 2019 Honolulu – In recent days, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has talked to voters over chili and pumpkin bars at a house party in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She sat down with students at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. She packs her schedule with gatherings in both states as she tries to lift her long-shot presidential campaign. Back home some 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, a state senator eying her House seat has been hopscotching across the verdant, mountainous islands that make up her mostly rural congressional district. The campaign Kai Kahele is building for Congress is putting Gabbard’s day job in jeopardy as she fights to break through a crowded Democratic presidential primary field. Kahele said the people of Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district need a representative who will work for them full-time and come back to Hawaii for town halls. “It’s tough for them to see their representative in Iowa, or New Hampshire, or having pizza in California, when they’re struggling at home and they want somebody who is fighting for them,” Kahele said. Gabbard hasn’t indicated whether she will run for re-election. Her campaign didn’t respond to… Read full this story
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