- Dec 14, 2011
Gabbard-Hirono clash shocks Hawaii | TheHill
.....The Hawaii delegation in Congress has long been known as one of the most tightly-knit in Washington, but that tradition was shattered this week when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard publicly criticized fellow Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono’s questioning of a judicial nominee.
Gabbard, who announced Friday that she has decided to run for president in 2020, made headlines and provoked an irritated response from Hirono earlier in the week by implicitly accusing the senator and other Democrats in an op-ed published in The Hill of having “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain” in their questioning.
While Gabbard did not mention Hirono by name, her fellow Hawaiian clearly saw the op-ed as a friendly fire attack.
Hirono, an outspoken critic of President Trump, returned the fire in a statement that dinged Gabbard for giving ammo to Trump’s right-wing allies.
“Over the past two years, the Senator has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts. It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions,” Will Dempster, Hirono’s spokesman, said in a statement. .....