Chasten Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s husband, reportedly plans to headline fundraising events for the South Bend, Ind. mayor.
The 30-year-old teacher, who took a leave of absence to work full-time with the campaign, plans to host events in Chicago, New York and London, Politico reported, adding that he has already run fundraisers in Miami, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla.
“He’s something of a secret weapon for this campaign,” Pete Buttigieg told Politico. “One of the things you need to do on a campaign, especially when you’re new on the scene, is introduce yourself and convey your values to as many people as possible. Chasten, through his own story and his own approach and his focus on making sure that people have a sense of belonging, really embodies a lot of the values of this campaign.”
Pete Buttigieg raises about $100,000 at each event, with his husband being responsible for about a third of that, a person familiar with the fundraising totals told the news outlet.
Chasten Buttigieg, who originally introduced his husband at Pete Buttigieg’s events, has broadened his popularity with his social media presence, with more than 380,000 followers on Twitter, sparking voters interest in the potential first gentleman, Politico noted.
At one point, Chasten Buttigieg replaced Pete Buttigieg as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention’s LGBTQ gala in June, it added.
Chasten Buttigieg is not the only candidate’s spouse to jump into campaigning. The spouses of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have all played a role in the campaigning, Politico noted.
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