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Tulsi Gabbard Loses Campaign Manager, Consultants Weeks After Announcing 2020 Bid

Democratic lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has been abandoned by her campaign manager and consulting firm just two and a half weeks after declaring her presidential bid, Politico reports. Two sources told Politico that campaign manager Rania Batrice and the consulting firm Revolution Messaging will reportedly leave after the campaign officially kicks off this weekend. “Rania Batrice is a long-time advisor and friend and remains so,” a Gabbard spokesperson was quoted as saying. Batrice also spoke warmly of Gabbard, noting that “it’s been an honor to work with her over the last few years,” and “I wish her all the best as she mounts her historic campaign.” The reported departures come weeks after a tumultuous campaign announcement, in which staffers reportedly worked through the holidays to prepare for an announcement that didn’t materialize, and were later caught off guard when Gabbard declared her bid on CNN’s The Van Jones Show.