Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced on Friday that she would not seek re-election to Congress in 2020 so she could focus on her bid for the White House.
"I will not seek re-election to Congress in 2020 and humbly request your support for my candidacy for the President of the United States," said Gabbard in a video released early Friday morning.
The decision not to seek a fifth term for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district meets the road to a competitive race for its headquarters, Hawaii News Now reported. The local point of sale points out that Gabbard's absence from Congress "probably affects other local races." ] Gabbard, a consistently third-rate candidate for the nomination of the Democratic president, announced her presidential campaign in January.
The former Army National Guard major made headlines throughout the pre-election campaign, most recently clashing with former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the possibility of her becoming a Russian asset.
"If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone ̵
"If you defend yourself against Hillary and the party magistrates – if you oppose the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message, but here is the truth: you will not They will not silence us. "
Fox News & # 39; Melissa Leon has contributed to this report.