10 Reasons Pete Buttigieg Is A Great Second Choice for DNC Chair

If I were one of the 447 DNC members, Mayor Pete would be my first choice. But like most Democrats, I’m not a DNC member, so this is a shout-out to any DNC member who has already decided to cast his or her first ballot for one of the other fine candidates.

1. If you haven’t heard of Pete Buttigieg yet, then read the New York Times article “The First Gay President?” describing this 35-year old second-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a master’s from Oxford (where, by the way, he was a Rhodes Scholar), has served in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, regularly attends Sunday church services, and runs half-marathons.

2. If you’re wondering whether Pete can get things done, then read the Washington Post story “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.”

3. If you think the DNC needs a chair who has “gravitas,” then read this New Yorker article reporting on an interview with President Obama shortly after the 2016 election, when Obama identified Pete as one of four future leaders of the Democratic Party.

4. If you are concerned about the direction and future of the Democratic Party, check out the vision, mission, and action plan that Pete has articulated.

5. If you marched in the Women’s March, then you’ll be happy to know that Pete marched with you.

6. If you supported Bernie for President, then read this prize-winning essay that Pete wrote about Senator Sanders in the year 2000 when he was a senior in high school (it won the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students).

7. If you supported Hillary for President, then read what Pete said about Hillary in April 2016 (spoiler alert: he agreed with you that she would be a great President).

8. If you supported Martin O’Malley for President, then read what O’Malley said when he endorsed Pete: “He speaks with a clarity that our party really, really needs right now. He has been successful in a so-called red state, he brings to the public service of being mayor the background of having served in our armed forces.”

9. If you are still wondering if Pete has what it takes, then read what several former chairs of the DNC have said about him, including Howard Dean, Ed Rendell, and Steve Grossman.

10. If you would ever consider leaving the Democratic Party because your first choice doesn’t win, please reconsider. Our party, united, will not be defeated.