Gabbard plans rally after rocky presidential campaign launch

February 01, 2019 - 4:25 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard plans to kick off her campaign with a rally in her home state of Hawaii this weekend.

Saturday's rally in Waikiki comes weeks after Gabbard declared she would run during a CNN interview. She later formally launched her effort with an online video.

Her nascent campaign swiftly ran into trouble as critics pounced on her past efforts to block the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii. She released a video apologizing for her previous work advocating against gay rights.

State Sen. Kai Kahele then announced he would run for Gabbard's congressional seat in the 2020 election.

Politico reported this week Gabbard campaign manager Rania Batrice was leaving. Gabbard spokeswoman Erika Tsuji says Batrice is a longtime adviser and friend and remains so.