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This Millennial Democrat Mayor Wants to Be President

With no path forward in Indiana politics, this Democrat plans to skip about a dozen steps and just run for the White House.

By NTK Staff | 03.27.2018 @11:15am
This Millennial Democrat Mayor Wants to Be President

Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana mayor who unsuccessfully ran to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last year wants to be taken “seriously” as a presidential candidate, and at least one outlet was happy to oblige.

In a Politico profile, Buttigieg, 36, was inexplicably labeled a “major presidential candidate.” Taking the mayor at his word that he’s serious about a White House bid and that his candidacy is being taken seriously, Politico asked the obvious question: why?

“I think it’s maybe a sign of the times. I think it’s telling you that things are kind of wide open in a way that hasn’t been true in a long time. I think it shows that there is an interest in the middle of the country,” Buttigieg told me in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. “I think it shows that there’s at least curiosity, if not appetite, for what a newer generation of leaders is going to look like. And I think it reflects the fact that we’re really living in a season for cities and for mayors.”

Not only was Buttigieg unable to rally enough support among party insiders to become DNC chairman in 2017, the political future looks grim for the millennial mayor among grassroots voters, as well.

“Buttigieg has no clear path forward in Indiana politics,” the Politico piece unabashedly states just moments after calling him a “major” presidential candidate.

Still, Buttigieg has prominent supporters like former adviser to President Obama David Axelrod.

“As I said to Barack Obama in 2006, very rarely in history do people get punished for running too soon,” Axelrod told Politico. “But many get punished for running too late.”

Buttigieg’s political future is uncertain, but his biggest cheerleader, this Politico profile, felt confident in one thing. “By 2021, many Democrats assume, this will end with Buttigieg in Washington, one way or another,” the piece read.

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