South Bend newspaper highlights Buttigieg's absences in recent months

South Bend newspaper highlights Buttigieg's absences in recent months
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A local newspaper in South Bend, Ind., on Monday published a report pointing out the number of extended absences Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D) has had as he travels across the country in his 2020 presidential bid.

The South Bend Tribune noted that Buttigieg has either been away or plans to be away from the city on at least 55 of the 120 days from Feb. 1 through May 31.


The Tribune cited Buttigieg’s daily calendar, which they obtained through a public records request. The news outlet reports 45 of the 120 days covered by the request were redacted.

Buttigieg has toured the country extensively as part of his White House bid that has garnered early momentum and gained significant media attention.

Though he only officially announced his presidential candidacy last month, he announced the formation of an exploratory committee in January and has been traveling for a large part of the year. 

The news outlet reports of Buttigieg’s many travel destinations, he has been or will go to New York City at least 10 times in the 120-day span, and will have visited Los Angeles and New Hampshire, an early primary state, at least five times each.

Part of his travels also included promoting his recently published memoir, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future.”

Buttigieg has been lauded as a successful mayor who implemented several promising policies that have helped spur revitalization in the Midwestern city.

Buttigieg was in New Hampshire Sunday night for a Fox News town hall, the latest 2020 Democrat to participate in a town hall on the news network after some, most notably, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Mass.), opted against it.

Chris Meagher, Buttigieg’s campaign spokesman, defended Buttigieg, saying the South Bend mayor has continued to perform his duties while campaigning.

“It’s an economy of time and making sure that when he is on the ground, he gets time with his direct reports and decisions are teed up, and he makes some chances to engage with the community,” Meagher said.

The Hill has reached out to Buttigieg’s campaign for comment.

Buttigieg is one of a trio of mayors running for the Democratic nomination, along with New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio knocks Bloomberg over stop and frisk apology Deval Patrick enters 2020 race De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' MORE and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam.