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FUNDER FEUD? Top Harris Fundraiser Hosting Buttigieg Event

Susie Tompkins Buell, a longtime Hillary Clinton fundraiser and supporter, announced she was backing Harris in 2020. But, what’s this? She’s now hosting a Buttigieg funder.

By NTK Staff | 03.29.2019 @12:36pm
FUNDER FEUD? Top Harris Fundraiser Hosting Buttigieg Event

While there might not be much sniping between 2020 Democratic presidential candidates just yet, behind the scenes, things are starting to get interesting.

Susie Tompkins Buell announced in February that she intended to back Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in 2020. Buell, a San Francisco resident, longtime Hillary Clinton backer, a prominent Democratic donor, attended Harris’s Oakland rally last month and was “inspired.” She decided on the spot that she would support Harris.

But MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reported Friday that Buell is also hosting a fundraiser for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN).

Does the funder spell trouble for Harris? Maybe, or maybe not.

Perhaps more troubling for Harris is the momentum (or at least perceived momentum) behind Buttigieg’s effort. An Iowa poll this week showed Buttigieg in third place in the Hawkeye state with 11 percent. He trailed former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and notably polled ahead of Harris, who was at 10 percent. The poll’s margin of error made the lead insignificant, but no less notable.

Nationally, Buttigieg polled at 4 percent in a recent Quinnipiac University poll. That trailed Harris’s 8 percent, but is a big jump from his previous level of support and potentially a sign of momentum.

While Buell’s decision to host a fundraiser for Buttigieg likely won’t have a huge impact on Harris’s campaign, the Indiana mayor’s continued rise could become problematic down the road.

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