When Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard went on the attack against her fellow presidential candidate Kamala Harris at the second Democratic debate, she didn’t miss.
With 10 Democratic presidential candidates lined up onstage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Gabbard launched at her rival Harris over her record as the top law enforcement officer in California.
It was, as they say in presidential politics, a moment. …
At the end of the night, she was the most-searched for candidate on Google and the number of individual donors to her campaign had surged to 120,000. One CNN analyst was talking up Gabbard’s performance as a potential game-changer.
Among those cheering her on in the theatre was her husband, a 30-year-old Otahuhu-born filmmaker named Abraham Williams.
Part-Māori, part-Samoan, Abe Williams, has been a constant companion as Gabbard crisscrosses the US vying for the Democratic nomination.
Williams describes himself as a director of photography, but his main job right now seems to be as Gabbard’s personal videographer.
The origin story they share of their relationship is that Williams volunteered to help shoot Gabbard’s campaign ads during her first run for Congress in 2012.
“About a year and a half later, he asked me out for the first time at a birthday party that a mutual friend of ours threw me,” she told The New York Times in a glowing write up about their nuptials.
Gabbard is one of the better Democratic candidates in my view. I didn’t realise she was married to a Kiwi. A bonus for us if she becomes President.