When running for higher office while holding another office, your primary duties tend to get shunned.
For that reason, the former governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, is calling for the resignation of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) from Congress.
Missing votes and duties
As we are seeing in this contentious presidential race, the senators and representatives running for the nomination tend to miss votes and shirk the duties they are actually being paid to carry out.
At one point, we had six senators running for president and there was outrage among liberals that they would be pulled off the campaign trail to preside during Trump’s impeachment trial.
One candidate even suggested they be allowed to skip their senatorial duties.
Abercrombie, a Democrat himself, believes the people of Hawaii are not being fairly represented by Gabbard, who is missing dozens of votes in the House in favor of the campaign trail.
Be fair about it
The fact Abercrombie is calling her out is great, but he should be calling out everyone. He is making a great case for term limits, but let’s do this across the board.
How much representation are the people of Vermont and Massachusetts getting right now with both Warren and Sanders on the campaign trail?
How about the people of South Bend, Indiana? At least in Congress, the slack can be made up, but Pete Buttigieg is running a city, so there are no other mayors to pick up the slack.
In this case, though, let’s be real as to why an establishment Democrat is particularly upset about Gabbard being on the campaign trail and not anyone else.
Gabbard, instead of voting “yes,” voted “present” during the impeachment vote in the House. That aggravated everyone in the party, as they were hoping all House Democrats would hold the party line.
Not only that, but Gabbard called out Democrat leadership in the House for failing to make its case. For that, she gets singled out and called out to answer for something more than a half dozen other Democrats are guilty of doing right now.