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Hometown Papers Blasts Mayor Pete for Missing 45 Percent of Work Days

South Bend Tribune calculated that of the 120 days from February 1 through May 31, Buttigieg will be out of office 45 percent of those days.

By NTK Staff | 05.20.2019 @10:00am
Hometown Papers Blasts Mayor Pete for Missing 45 Percent of Work Days


Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D-IN) hometown paper, the South Bend Tribune, blasted him for missing “45 percent of the calendar days” from February 1 through May 31, while Buttigieg explored a 2020 presidential run.

The South Bend Tribune calculated that of the 120 days from February 1 through May 31, Buttigieg “was away or plans to be away from the South Bend area at least 55 days, or 45 percent of the calendar days,” while he runs for president.

Buttigieg announced that he was exploring a bid for president on January 23 and formally announced his candidacy on April 14.

The 45 percent holds true for weekends as well, according to the South Bend Tribune. “Looking at only weekdays, he’s been gone or plans to be out of town for 39 of 86 days — also about 45 percent.”

Buttigieg’s presidential campaign’s top communications adviser, Lis Smith, told the South Bend Tribune that this was in an attempt to “get [Buttigieg] everywhere” in order to boost his name recognition with voters.

The Tribune attempted to gain access to Buttigieg’s “daily mayoral calendar for the four-month period under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act,” but was stonewalled by Buttigieg’s office.

“His administration responded by providing a calendar in which 45 of the 120 days were redacted. Other days didn’t indicate whether he was in town, and some were blank.”

“Some of the calendar days list what appear to be recurring meetings, and include “Mayor Pete” in the entries, but information found online indicates Buttigieg was out of town on some of those days.”

The Tribune also pointed out that this isn’t the first time that Buttigieg has been an absentee mayor.

When he unsuccessfully ran for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016 The Tribune found that “from 2016 through September of 2017, Buttigieg had taken at least 74 trips spanning 136 days. In his first two years in office, 2012 and 2013, he took less than half as many trips, 30, spanning 52 days.”

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