Wall Street Pete, Mayor McKinsey, Mayo Pete.These are just some of the insults that have been lobbed against 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the millennial mayor from South Bend, Indiana, and first openly gay man to run for president.The small-town mayor initially enjoyed months of media praise after he launched his White House bid in April. The small-town mayor and military veteran was quickly hailed as the next Barack Obama because of his “hope and change” message to voters and flattering cover stories featured him in Time and New York Magazine. Buttigieg emerged as one of the most surprising frontrunners of the Democratic primary and is now consistently polling among the top five candidates in both national and state polls. A CNN/Des Moines Register poll from November, for example, showed Buttigieg rising to 25 percent support in the state, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren with 16 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders tied for third with 15 percent.The knives, however, have come out since Buttigieg’s meteoric rise in Iowa ahead of the state’s early voting caucuses as progressives try to halt his momentum by criticizing the mayor as too moderate to win the Democratic primary…. Read full this story
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