Pete Buttigieg should certainly be considered a rising star in the Democratic primary. He rose from the mayor of South Bend, Indiana to a top-5 finish in the 2020 Democratic primary for president. Joe Biden later made him the Secretary of Transportation.
While Buttigieg is likely to run for office again, his home state of Indiana presents a tough environment for Liberals. The Transportation Secretary, though, has seemingly solved that problem. It was recently announced that Buttigieg is moving to the state of Michigan.
The move wasn’t purely political. The Buttigieg’s have recently started a family and husband Chasten is from Traverse City, Michigan.
It is easy to think, though, that Michigan creates a much better political base for Buttigieg. The state’s two senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are Democrats. Stabenow could potentially retire in 2026, creating the opportunity for Buttigieg to run for the spot.
The Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, is also a Democrat. Whitmer, like Buttigieg, could move onto a higher office. If Buttigieg was to become the next Governor of Michigan, that could help to smooth out questions about his experience.
Elections expert Larry Sabato said of the decision, “It’s a very smart move. Michigan is winnable for a Democrat. Indiana is not, at least in most years.”
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