By Jeremy W. Peters and Shane Goldmacher
April 30, 2019, 134
“Barely two months ago, when Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., was rating no higher than 1 or 2 percent in national polls, he had a well-worn punchline he used as he pitched himself in living rooms and conference rooms where many of the guests were, like him, young, male and gay.
“I’m not asking for monogamy,” he would say.
It was fine to give to the bigger names in the race like Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker or former Representative Beto O’Rourke. He asked only that they save some for his historic candidacy, too.
Now, Mr. Buttigieg is looking for commitment.
After vaulting into the top tier of presidential candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination — going from “adorable” to “plausible,” in his own words — Mr. Buttigieg is building on the fly a nationwide network of donors that is anchored by many wealthy and well-connected figures in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political circles.
From more intimate cocktail parties on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where the composer Stephen Sondheim appeared in March, to larger events, like a planned June gala at the Beverly Hills home of the television producer Ryan Murphy, the L.G.B.T. donor base is helping push Mr. Buttigieg from the margins of the presidential contest into the same moneyed circles that raised millions of dollars for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
David Lindsay: Comment to the NYT. “Not my favorite article. All gossip, no policy. As healthy as an ice cream sunday with white flour cake and white sugar icing. But, I couldn’t stop reading it, and the comments make the money gossip worth the time. I would like to see some in depth pieces comparing Pete Buttigieg’s positions on such issues as climate change and income inequality, illegal immigration, NATO, Syria and Afganistan, etc., with the other candidates. It is sad that 85 or 95 per cent of all I read about presidential races is about political gossip. I often have to go to a candidate’s website to get any of their positions, since they are almost never mentioned or discussed.”
Here is one of my favorite comments:
What is happening with Pete is nothing short of amazing. He stands out as the most intelligent, thoughtful, likeable, authentic person running not only because he is comfortable with himself on all levels including being gay and married but more so simply because of who he is. When I watch him speak such as last night on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah I tear up. Why? Because he is at home with himself and gives me permission to relax and do likewise. He actually listens and answers questions asked of him. So many times I hear a question asked of him and, having binge watched him on youtube for weeks now ( yes, I am addicted) I already am waiting for the same answer I heard before. But the answer is not the same as before. It is different and even more penetrating, more incisive, more finely honed. He listens and responds to the underlying question. How rare. He communicates with all of us. These are things that I want in a leader and which most people also want. We want to be heard. We want to be acknowledged. We want not only to trust our President but to like them. I am a person of many labels: gay, male, white, orthodox Jewish, a physician, a language nut + But underneath it all I am a human being like every other person who wants the same things we all want: happiness, peace, fulfillment, and intimacy. Pete somehow brings out the best in me and others. And I really look forward to him being our next President.