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Biden Will Nominate Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary, Sources Say

President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly going to name former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to play an essential role in Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan as transportation secretary, according to multiple sources.

The role of transportation secretary is an especially important job in the Biden administration which promises a "sustainable infrastructure" plan that heavily relies on the Department of Transportation (DOT). In Biden's plan, he promises to reach "net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050."

According to POLITICO, the 38 year-old Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan veteran was eyeing the position of United Nations Ambassador, until that post was given to Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Instead, Buttigieg will play an important role in bringing Biden's infrastructure plan to fruition, even though he doesn't have much experience with transportation. The young former mayor has had a meteoric rise in American politics -- and Biden gave him the "highest compliment I can give any man or woman" by comparing him to his late son Beau, back when Buttigieg delivered his endorsement to Biden in the primaries. If confirmed, Buttigieg will be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary in U.S. history, as Biden has promised a diverse cabinet.

#EndorseThis: Mayor Pete Subs For Kimmel — And The Joke’s On Him

Perhaps Pete Buttigieg — who used to be mayor of SouthBend, Indiana and more recently ran for the Democratic presidential nomination –is looking for a new job. He took over Jimmy Kimmel Live as guest host onThursday night in the strangest possible circumstances – a theater with nostudio audience due to coronavirus restrictions. Instead, they faked a greenscreencrowd, “just like Trump’s inauguration,” he quipped.

Buttigieg quickly pivoted to ask that viewers contactCongress to demand support for the House Democratic legislative package,projecting the Capitol phone number onscreen (202-224-3121).

The poised former mayor smoothly handled the scripted jokes –aimed mostly at him – as well as his political message. And even if you’ve seenit already, you don’t want to miss his clip of Sarah Palin making a fool ofherself on The Masked Singer.

“That’s going to be me in three months, isn’t it?” he mused.

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Klobuchar, Buttigieg, O’Rourke Endorse Biden At Texas Rally

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined a rally in Dallas on Monday night to endorse Joe Biden in surprise developements that reshaped the Democratic primary on the eve of Super Tuesday. They led a parade of Democrats who have come around to back the former vice president since his resounding victory in South Carolina's primary last Saturday.

"I cannot think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his," said Buttigieg, citing Biden's politics of "decency" and "empathy." Klobuchar, who clashed with Buttigieg during debates, echoed those themes in embracing Biden, as did O'Rourke.

Biden warmly welcomed the support of his former rivals. He said Buttigieg reminds him of his late son Beau, the highest praise he can bestow on anyone, predicted that Klobuchar has a long political future, and invited O'Rourke to join him in fighting for gun safety, which the former El Paso congressman and Senate candidate has made his signature issue.

"You're going to take care of the gun problem with me," he said. "You're going to be the one who leads this effort."

Other prominent Democrats coming forward to endorse Biden over the past few days have included Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, and Alyssa Milano, the actress and activist.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — who leads the delegate race and is expected to win California and other major contests on Super Tuesday — depicted the rush to Biden's side as an effort to by "the establishment" to thwart his campaign. And Biden's other rivals, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, both declared their determination to continue their campaigns.

Buttigieg Rejects Lecture On Family Values ‘From The Likes Of Rush Limbaugh’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

“I’m saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace played video of Limbaugh calling Buttigieg, “A gay guy 37-years old [who] loves kissing his husband on debate stages,” and asking, “Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

He also showed a clip of former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka, who has been tied to a Nazi-linked group, saying: “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us on the sanctity of life in the womb. Just a little curious there – strange!”

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