Watchdog: Mayor Pete’s Available 24/7 – Except When Dems, GOP Need Him

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference on March 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. The National League of Cities is an advocacy group that represents the country's nearly 20,000 cities, towns and villages. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defensively declared that everyone knows that in a job such as his, he must be available 24/7.
  • It turns out, however, that Mayor Pete was turning down requests for calls and zoom meetings with both Democrat and Republican lawmakers while he was home with his new little family, according to information released by government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust.
  • Not only was Pete not available when his assistance was needed, he failed to issue a formal delegation of authority, causing some chaos as important decisions still needed to be made during his leave.

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