Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a rising Democrat star, has resigned her post as Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee so that she can endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president.
Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, has been at odds with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the handling of the Democratic Party Nomination process, which many believe has been unfairly tilted in favor of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The high profile endorsement comes just a day after Sanders was soundly defeated in the South Carolina primary and Clinton seeks to steamroll into the Super Tuesday contests as the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.
There had been some speculation prior to the DNC feud that Gabbard was on the shortlist of potential Vice Presidential picks, a theory that has now resurfaced in the increasingly long-shot chance that Sanders is successful in his nomination bid.
Gabbard is notable for being the first Hindu elected to congress and only one of two congresswomen to have served in combat.
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