Hawaii-born President Barack Obama has issued a statement in support of former Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Democratic campaign for Congress.
Gabbard upset former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the August primary in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Gabbard is facing homeless handyman Kawika Crowley, a Republican, on Tuesday.
From the president:
America’s middle class needs Tulsi Gabbard in Congress to stand up and fight for them. Tulsi will create jobs here at home by building from the middle out, not the top down. She will protect Medicare for our seniors and education for our next generation. Middle class families can count on Tulsi Gabbard and she needs their support on Election Day.
Update: 3:30 p.m.
Also Monday, Gabbard issued a statement saying she had not endorsed any of the candidates seeking to replace her on the Council.
“I have not endorsed any candidate for any council races, nor has any candidate asked me for such endorsement.”
Sixteen candidates are vying for the vacancy in a winner-take-all special election to fill the remaining two years of her term.