It’s been a month of political departures for Tulsi Gabbard, the 34-year-old Congresswoman from Hawaii and a rising star within the Democratic Party. Gabbard, who serves on the Democratic National Committee, voted with Republican lawmakers earlier this month on tightening restrictions on Syrian immigrants and criticized President Obama’s strategy of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. The Army National Guard veteran told the Times she will stand for what she believes in regardless of party politics, including criticizing the head of the DNC for leaving her and other committee members out of discussions about presidential debate schedules. “I’d be dishonoring the memory of a lot of folks who I’ve served with who didn’t make it home if I didn’t stand up for what I believe is right and stand up and speak the truth,” Gabbard told the Times.
Republicans praised Gabbard’s ability to work on both sides of the aisle in the piece Markwayne Mullin, a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, said Gabbard “has the ability to forge relationships on both sides” and “has a personality people just seem to want to work with.” Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, said Gabbard is still considered a “solid Democrat,” but that she’s of a younger generation of lawmakers who are willing to develop their own positions on issues.
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