By Ed Diokno
One of the Democratic Party’s rising stars may lose her spot on Hillary Clinton’s Christmas card list. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – the first Hindu and first Samoan American member of Congress and one of the first female combat veterans to win a house seat – resigned her position as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided I cannot remain neutral and sit on the sidelines any longer,” she wrote in an email to fellow DNC officers obtained by Politico.
“There is a clear contrast between our two candidates with regard to my strong belief that we must end the interventionist, regime change policies that have cost us so much,” Gabbard said.
“This is not just another ‘issue.’ This is THE issue, and it’s deeply personal to me,” said Gabbard, who is a combat veteran and still in the National Guard. “This is why I’ve decided to resign as Vice Chair of the DNC so that I can support Bernie Sanders in his efforts to earn the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.”
“As a veteran and as a soldier I’ve seen firsthand the true cost of war. I served in a medical unit during my first deployment, where every single day I saw firsthand the very high human cost of that war,” Gabbard said on NBC’s Meet the Press,
(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)
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