Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign sent out an email Sunday asking supporters for more campaign contributions.

If you can afford it, please make a contribution of $3 or more to support my re-election campaign in Hawaii,” Gabbard states in the email. “As you may know, I am facing multiple opponents who are twisting my record in an attempt to win voters. I need your help to defeat them.”

It’s interesting that the U.S. representative thinks she needs more money, as she raised more than $420,000 in the April-June period and reported nearly $1.9 million in cash on hand.

By the standard of most U.S. House races in Hawaii, that’s a lot of kala. Meanwhile, Gabbard’s official challengers report little or no campaign finances at all.

The Democrat representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District did not expand on what she means by “twisting” her record, although primary challenger Shay Chan Hodges has criticized several things about Gabbard’s tenure in Congress.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard speaks on 2nd day of the Hawaii State Democratic Convention. 29 may 2016.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at a state party convention of Democrats in May. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hodges has also called Gabbard “out of step” with the 2nd District, which covers the neighbor islands and mostly non-urban Oahu. And Hodges has pushed — unsuccessfully, so far — for debates with Gabbard.

On another matter, in her campaign email Gabbard expressed satisfaction that the national Democratic Party over the weekend accepted “major reforms to the superdelegate process.”

She said, “This compromise helps to make our presidential nominating contest more democratic. In addition, the party will be actively encouraging open primaries and same-day party registration, like what we have in Hawaii.”

Sanders and Gabbard — she’s a superdelegate backing Bernie — are expected in Philadelphia for the national party convention that begins Monday.

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