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From Indiana to Iowa: Buttigieg’s Message Resonates With Midwestern Dems

by Chris Davis – Feb. 02, 2020 (WIBC.com, abridged)

At a crowded middle school auditorium in Coralville, Iowa, former Mayor Pete made his case to a room full of people who had mostly made up their minds.

I am really committed and passionate about the platform that he’s put out,” said Erin Hazen, of Solon, Iowa. “ I think he’s the best candidate to attract the most voters. He’s got the widest lane of support.”

Hazen said she believes Buttigieg’s message resonates with Iowans because, she believes, he is less extreme than his fellow candidates.

His plans are realistic. We can get them done. Now is not the time to go for a fringe candidate who may not be able to pull anyone in from outside their lane.”

“He said that we were facing tectonic changes in the world,” said Wilson Hart, of Iowa City, who first heard Buttigieg speak in March. Almost a year later and after considering the messages of other candidates, Hart is solely supporting Buttigieg.

“He’s got a calm demeanor, a big brain, kind of the opposite of what we have in the White House right now.”

Hart has a son in the military and believes Buttigieg’s experience in the Navy Reserve, indicates that he would be a good commander-in-chief.

I don’t think there was ever a point where a candidate’s message resonated with me as much as Pete’s,” said Hart, adding that he has heard numerous candidates speak as they have passed through Iowa City.

He said that he is going for the candidate who he feels has the most leadership potential.

”He’s logical and he’s low-key and I think he’s one of the smartest ones running,” said one man at the rally who did not want to be identified. 

Silver State Equality, Equality California Endorse Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States

Silver State Equality – Jan 30, 2020

“Mayor Pete will be our champion in the fight for a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and we believe he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win this November.”

Silver State Equality, Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced a joint endorsement with Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States on Thursday. The decision was reached unanimously by the groups’ joint presidential endorsement committee following a lengthy process that included a detailed questionnaire, thorough evaluation of the candidates’ viability and policy positions, staff engagement and interviews with the candidates. The 2020 Nevada Caucus will be held on Saturday, February 22. For the first time, California’s primary will be held on Super Tuesday in March, and California voters will begin casting mail-in ballots on Monday, February 3.

Silver State Equality released the following statement from State Director André Wade:

“Today, we are proud to announce Silver State Equality’s enthusiastic endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president of the United States.

“We believe that Mayor Pete Buttigieg has the boldest, most comprehensive agenda to achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ people of any presidential candidate in the nation’s history. His comprehensive plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, his commitment to make our schools safe and supportive for LGBTQ students, his specific funding and policy priorities to protect and empower the transgender community — especially transgender women of color, who face an epidemic of violence and persecution — and his plans to invest in the Black and Latinx communities in Nevada and across the country are particularly compelling.

“Mayor Pete will be our champion in the fight for a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and we believe he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win this November.

“While we did not endorse Mayor Pete simply because he’s gay, the historic nature of his candidacy certainly has already had a transformational impact on the LGBTQ community. Electing the first openly LGBTQ president has the power to inspire millions of LGBTQ youth across the country and give hope and pride to LGBTQ seniors who came of age at a time when LGBTQ people couldn’t serve openly in the federal government and now have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the first viable LGBTQ candidate for president of the United States.

“Every four years, Nevada plays a critical role in selecting the next president. Silver State Equality is ready to roll up our sleeves, get out the vote and take back the White House with Mayor Pete.”

In particular, Silver State Equality and Equality California were impressed by Mayor Buttigieg’s comprehensive plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, his understanding that making schools safe and supportive requires bold investments in teacher training and mentorship programs for LGBTQ students, his specific policy and funding priorities to protect and empower the transgender community, his plan to transform the criminal legal system into one that truly promotes justice and instead of one that furthers racial injustice and his proposals for fixing our broken immigration system by protecting refugees and asylum seekers and providing millions of LGBTQ undocumented people, their friends and family with a pathway to citizenship.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg released the following statement in reaction to Silver State Equality and Equality California’s endorsement:

“I’m honored to receive the endorsements of Equality California and Silver State Equality, two organizations that have been unrelenting in their fight for LGBTQ+ people and our push for full equality. My campaign is based around a shared future of belonging for all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. President Trump’s attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, especially our trans members, have shown us that the fight for equal rights did not end with marriage equality. I will be the President to continue that fight for equality for all Americans.”

Every top tier 2020 presidential candidate sought Silver State Equality and Equality California’s endorsement — a testament to the LGBTQ community’s role as a key voting bloc in both important states and across the country. The Trump-Pence Administration is an existential threat to the LGBTQ community and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong, and Silver State Equality and Equality California’s top priority in 2020 will be defeating Donald Trump and Mike Pence and putting a pro-equality president back in the White House. Both organizations have committed to supporting the Democratic nominee in the 2020 general election.

Although Silver State Equality and Equality California determined that Mayor Pete presented the boldest, most comprehensive plan for full, lived LGBTQ equality and is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win, the organizations were also impressed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer, who both have extremely strong, compelling pro-equality policy agendas and participated in robust interviews with the joint presidential endorsement committee. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Yang also submitted questionnaires outlining their strong support for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice.

Prior to dropping out of the race, Senator Kamala Harris participated in Equality California and Silver State Equality’s endorsement process, submitted an extremely strong, compelling questionnaire and participated in events with Equality California. After two decades of working with her, Equality California has immense respect and admiration for Senator Harris, and LGBTQ Californians are lucky to have her fighting for civil rights and social justice in the U.S. Senate.

2020 will be one of the most consequential election years for LGBTQ people in modern American history, and Silver State Equality and Equality California plan to run substantial get out the vote efforts in elections up and down the ballot. Silver State Equality has endorsed U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford — three incredible pro-equality champions — for reelection and plans to announce additional endorsements at the state and local levels in the coming months before the June primary election.

Mayor Terence Roberts (Anderson, SC) endorses Pete Buttigieg for president

by Kathy Pierre – Jan 28, 2020 (Anderson Independent Mail)

Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts is backing Democrat Pete Buttigieg for President, according to a press release.

“Pete will bring an attitude of personal accountability to Washington working daily to heal our nation by focusing on our shared values and collective goals,” Roberts said, according to the press release. “He is running to bring the same transformative approach he brought to his city to our country—and I’m proud to stand with him in that effort.”

Roberts, mayor of Anderson since 2006, said he met with Buttigieg last week in Columbia and liked his plans and experience.

“I think Pete understands the challenges that the country faces,” Roberts said. “I like the idea that he’s a mayor — has been a mayor and somewhat walked the same shoes as me in South Bend, Indiana, and I think that is paramount to trying to bring our country together.”

Roberts said he had conversations with Tom Steyer and Joe Biden’s staff, as well as endorsing Cory Booker prior to him dropping out of the race.

“I’ve felt an obligation to have those conversations with people who could be president of our country.”

For Roberts, the ways in which Buttigieg governed South Bend have been promising.

He never ducked an issue. If he had a difficult situation, he didn’t sidestep it. Just like a lot of us who are mayors, we have to listen to our constituents and listen to their frustrations. He’s done a good job of doing that and he’s changed a lot of things in South Bend.

The power of Therapy, Medication, and Pete Buttigieg

by Eva Oliveri – Jan 20, 2020 (Medium.com)

Usually, when reflecting on the end of the year and what is to come, people tend to post beginning/end of year selfies or state their resolutions. Instead, I would like to tell you how, this year, a presidential candidate changed my life. In January of 2019, I was lost and scared of the future. Not just in terms of our political climate, especially since 2016, but personally as well. At the end of 2018 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. In January I was coming back to school for the first time since going into inpatient treatment.

While better than I first was, I knew I faced the scary and oftentimes excruciatingly long path towards finding stability and proper treatment. I was too focused on that at first to pay much attention to the primaries. It was early, anyway. In February, during a regular YouTube browsing binge, a recommended video called Pete Buttigieg: The Case For A Younger President from Colbert popped up. Intrigued, I clicked on it, & 7 minutes later I was introduced to Pete Buttigieg, and knew right away he was my candidate. His kindness, empathy, and desire to make the world a better, more welcoming place for everyone was evident.

I educated myself on all things Pete. I found joy, and not fear, in paying attention to politics for the first time in a long time. I also realized politics was my calling. In June, I switched my major to Political Science (after a lot of prior changes) and threw myself into it. When watching Pete’s speech on Health and Belonging in America, he mentioned Bipolar Disorder by name, stating how it shouldn’t be stigmatized or treated any differently than a physical ailment. While seemingly simple, hearing a presidential candidate not just acknowledge, but advocate for people like myself was nothing I had ever heard before. Emotional and inspired, I began volunteering in my area for Pete.

Through meeting others, it quickly became clear we supported Pete for different reasons, and that was celebrated and encouraged. I was feeling better, and like I was finally able to make a tangible difference, what more could I ask for? Then, I was honored with the opportunity to become the UCF Campus Coordinator for Pete. Perhaps about 8 hours after accepting the position, I was told that Pete’s husband, Chasten, would be in the area and was willing to come to my university and speak to students. I had never been more happy to be stressed, and, thanks to the confidence the campaign had given me, was able to plan and moderate a Q&A with Chasten and my peers (and yes, Chasten is just as kind and welcoming as he seems!).

Though I have only been in this role for a short time, I can undoubtedly say it has changed my life. While I’m not going to say Pete single handedly gave me stability (thank you therapy & medication), I can say without a doubt he has given me something to fight for & believe in. I have gained friends from campuses across the country. Most importantly, I have gained hope. I am honored and proud to be a member of and #StudentsforPete. Let’s go into 2020 with fire in our bellies and #WintheEra.

Buttigieg would deliver results for America

by Adam Hollier – Jan 20, 2020 (DetroitNews.com, abridged)

America needs Pete Buttigieg. 

In my district on the North End of Detroit, the median income is less than $40,000. Earning $70,000 will put you in the top income quartile.

Making a difference in my constituents’ lives means focusing on raising wages, closing the skills gaps and providing opportunities for college. It means creative solutions like Buttigieg’s 21st Century Community Homestead Act to launch a public trust that would purchase abandoned properties and provide them to eligible residents. 

Buttigieg knows the only plans that help are the ones that can get through Congress, and he’s boldly working to tackle the root problems with solutions that will get done.

That’s how policy platforms like his Douglass Plan for Black America came about. Buttigieg visited places like Detroit and Allendale County, South Carolina, and he heard what would make a meaningful difference in the lives of black people. And he’s put forward an ambitious but achievable blueprint to dismantle systemic racism while also directly helping people like those in my district with targeted investments in everything from entrepreneurship to public education to criminal justice reform. 

For example, black mothers are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth, and black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white infants. Buttigieg’s plan to set up Health Equity Zones to address these kinds of disparities, while also helping more black health professionals enter the workforce, is essential.

Buttigieg has proposed a $1 trillion infrastructure agenda that would create six million jobs around the country, with strong labor protections, fair wages and a focus on local hiring and underrepresented communities. He will devote over $90 billion to modernize our nation’s water infrastructure so that every American child — from Flint to Portsmouth, New Hampshire — grows up with clean water coming out of their taps.

With experience both as a mayor whose job was to bring people together to solve problems on the ground, and as a Navy intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, Buttigieg embodies the true meaning of a servant-leader. I trust him to make the best decisions on everything from infrastructure to Iran.

People ask me whether black voters will support someone who is gay — the answer is yes. Black people elected Lori Lightfoot as the Mayor of Chicago, Jeremy Moss to the Michigan Senate in Southfield, and hundreds of gay candidates across the country. The only thing notable about Buttigieg’s choice of spouse should be that he had the wisdom to marry a Michigan resident. 

People point out that he’s young. But when I ran for office as a 34-year-old, Ivy League-educated military officer who lives in the same community he was raised in, I didn’t ask voters to trust experience; I asked them to believe in character.

Over the past year, reflecting on what we need in 2020, I’ve listened to presidential biographies from Washington to Johnson. Our best presidents were leaders we could believe in, with the temperament and judgment to manage crises. In my fellow veteran Buttigieg, I see the temperament, character and values of a great president.