Tulsi Gabbard

Many in Hawaii support US Rep. Gabbard despite Assad comment

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard surprised and angered many when she questioned whether Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and sparked a U.S. attack on an air base.

But back home in heavily Democratic Hawaii, she still has a deep reservoir of good will among those who believe their representative is right to question what many others take for granted.

"This is Tulsi country, and maybe it's not well understood by people who live in other parts of the United States," said Richard Harris, 78, a Gabbard supporter who teaches political science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. "She's doing what a...