Chasten Buttigieg to headline fundraisers for husband: report

Chasten Buttigieg to headline fundraisers for husband: report

Chasten Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE's husband, reportedly plans to headline fundraising events for the South Bend, Ind. mayor.

The 30-year-old teacher, who took a leave of absence to work full-time with the campaign, plans to host events in Chicago, New York and London, Politico reported, adding that he has already run fundraisers in Miami, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla.

“He’s something of a secret weapon for this campaign,” Pete Buttigieg told Politico. “One of the things you need to do on a campaign, especially when you’re new on the scene, is introduce yourself and convey your values to as many people as possible. Chasten, through his own story and his own approach and his focus on making sure that people have a sense of belonging, really embodies a lot of the values of this campaign.”

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Pete Buttigieg raises about $100,000 at each event, with his husband being responsible for about a third of that, a person familiar with the fundraising totals told the news outlet.

Chasten Buttigieg, who originally introduced his husband at Pete Buttigieg's events, has broadened his popularity with his social media presence, with more than 380,000 followers on Twitter, sparking voters interest in the potential first gentleman, Politico noted.

At one point, Chasten Buttigieg replaced Pete Buttigieg as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention's LGBTQ gala in June, it added.

Chasten Buttigieg is not the only candidate's spouse to jump into campaigning. The spouses of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScott Walker helping to prep Pence for debate against Harris: report California family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Moderna releases coronavirus vaccine trial plan as enrollment pushes toward 30,000 MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon No new taxes for the ultra rich — fix bad tax policy instead MORE (D-Mass.) have all played a role in the campaigning, Politico noted.