More popcorn, please!
It looks as if Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has disinvited her vice chairwoman from attending Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate.
What was U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard‘s sin?
The Hawaii Democrat is being snubbed after she called for more presidential debates in her party during an appearance last week on MSNBC, according to The New York Times.
Wasserman Schultz’s chief of staff contacted her office the next day regarding Gabbard’s attendance at the debate.
Gabbard, a combat veteran who served two tours of duty with the National Guard in Iraq, has drawn the ire of party leadership before with her sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State, and she’s not taking the latest slight lying down.
“When I first came to Washington,” she told The Times, “one of the things that I was disappointed about was there’s a lot of immaturity and petty gamesmanship that goes on, and it kind of reminds me of how high school teenagers act.”
With a gleeful media captivated by the inter-party turmoil going on in the Republican Party over the selection of a new speaker, how likely is it that this brouhaha is going to get much attention?
One thing is certain, this vet is no shrinking violet.
“It’s very dangerous when we have people in positions of leadership who use their power to try to quiet those who disagree with them,” Gabbard said. “When I signed up to be vice chair of the DNC, no one told me I would be relinquishing my freedom of speech and checking it at the door.”
A “source” claims Gabbard wasn’t disinvited, just told that if she can’t toe the party line, she should pack it in.
The Times reported:
A person close to the committee who asked for anonymity to discuss internal discussions insisted, however, that Ms. Gabbard had not been disinvited. Instead, the person said, an aide to Ms. Wasserman Schultz expressed a desire to keep the focus on the candidates as the debate approached, rather than on a “distraction” that could divide the party, and suggested that if Ms. Gabbard could not do that, she should reconsider going.
The source claimed that Gabbard “was trying to publicly divide the DNC leadership” by calling for more than the current six debates scheduled.
“The fact that [Gabbard] is still making this about her and not our great candidates by talking to The New York Times says something unfortunate,” the source reportedly said.
Gabbard said she’d watch the debate from her district in Hawaii.
Forget John Boehner v. Freedom Caucus, cue up the next round of Wasserman Schultz v. Gabbard.
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