Florida State rep. Ben Diamond endorses Pete Buttigieg for President

State rep. Ben Diamond: Mayor Pete is ‘the type of leader that can really bring our country together’

by Steve Contorno – Nov 14, 2019 (TampaBay.com, abridged)

Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor running for president, has picked up his second endorsement of a notable Tampa Bay area politician.

State Rep. Ben Diamond is backing Buttigieg over the rest of the crowded Democratic field, he told the Tampa Bay Times, in hopes the millennial leader can bring a “new generation of American leadership.”

“The more I’ve listened to Pete, the more I’m convinced he’s the right candidate for this moment,” Diamond, a St. Petersburg Democrat, said, “and the type of leader that can really bring our country together in this incredibly polarized and difficult time we’re in.”

Diamond said Buttigieg’s realism appeals to him as a lawmaker who understands political realities.

“We’re all wrestling with where we would like to be versus what is possible,” Diamond said. “A responsible candidate puts forth plans for what we can actually do. That’s where I think this campaign has landed.”

[read in full at TampaBay.com]

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