The former governor of Hawaii says Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is clearly unable to handle her duties as a member of Congress and needs to resign immediately.
Speaking to reporters in Honolulu on Monday, Neil Abercrombie pointed to Gabbard’s recent vote of “present” on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as proof that Gabbard can no longer serve her constituents effectively:
“I believe people in 2nd District deserve representation and are not getting it and they are unlikely to be able to get it over the next year.”
HuffPost notes that Abercrombie also referenced Gabbard’s inability to perform her duties as a member of the House of Representatives:
“Abercrombie ― a Democrat who served as Hawaii’s governor from 2010 to 2014 and represented Hawaii’s 1st District in the House from 1991 to 2010 ― said Gabbard’s missed congressional votes and her absence from her district had convinced him that she needed to resign.”
BREAKING former Governor Neil Abercrombie is calling for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s resignation pic.twitter.com/3dINoTUNP2
— Ashley Mizuo (@AshleyMizuo) December 23, 2019
Over the past three months, according to GovTrack, Gabbard has missed an astounding 86 percent of the votes taken by the House.
The former Hawaii governor told Politico that his own experience in Congress informs his call for Gabbard to resign her seat:
“Trying to do my job in Washington and run for office, another office, in Hawaii was just too difficult. I couldn’t do it. I had hoped maybe I could do it, and it became obvious that I couldn’t. So I resigned my seat.”
In October, Gabbard said she would not run for reelection to her congressional seat in 2020:
I’m so grateful to the people of Hawaiʻi for allowing me to serve you in Congress for the last 7 years. Throughout my life, I’ve always made my decisions based on where I felt I could do the most good. In light of the challenges we face, I believe I can… https://t.co/cNcjSNSoZl pic.twitter.com/h3wM6AZLMs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 25, 2019
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