Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard issued a statement Thursday saying there has been “speculation that I might be interested in becoming Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”

She went on to say, “I have absolutely no interest in that position. If it were offered to me, I would not accept it.”

Gabbard got into a well-publicized spat with the current national committee chair, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in October after complaining that the party was not organizing a sufficient number of presidential candidate forums. As a result, Gabbard was disinvited from one of the events.

In February, Gabbard resigned as vice chair of the national committee at the same time she endorsed the presidential candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She emerged as one Sanders’ key supporters in Congress.

There has been speculation that Sanders may be seeking the removal of Wasserman Schultz as the committee chair as he negotiates the terms of his concession in the presidential race with party leaders and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Jane Sanders embraces Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the Tommy Kakesako building. 20 march 2016.
Jane Sanders, left, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders, embraces Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at a campaign event last March in advance of Hawaii’s Democratic presidential caucus. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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