Democratic presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg said during a recent interview on the “Today” show, that he doesn’t believe God is partisan in any way, but that he couldn’t be a Republican and share the values of President Donald Trump.
The 37-year-old Democrat said that despite the religious protesters at his events, who believe that the out and proud Democrat shouldn’t be citing religion in his campaign, Buttigieg said that he plans to keep emphasizing his faith, according to The DailyMail.
The 2020 presidential candidate said it’s “important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party.”
“And if he did, I can’t imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House.”
However, Buttigieg’s own brother-in-law, who is a pastor, reportedly said he can’t “support the gay lifestyle.”
However, Buttigieg, reportedly has a fierce political ally in New York City political operative Lis Smith, The New York Post reported.
Smith has served as the spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio and worked on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign but was scandal-ridden when she was believed to be having an affair with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Smith, however, is credited with beginning the media frenzy around 37-year-old gay Democratic mayor, Politico reported.
“She is the quiet hero of his emergence,” said David Axelrod, a political consultant who worked with Smith on Obama’s 2012 campaign.
“You’ve got this hard-nosed New York-style political operative and this friendly Hoosier mayor,” he said. “It is kind of fascinating to watch.”
Smith helped Buttigieg receive comment and note on a national level, bringing in the national political reporters, and microphones from every outlet.
“I want him on everything,” Smith told Politico’s David Freedlander.