Buttigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker

Buttigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker
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Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHere are the lawmakers who have self-quarantined as a precaution Top Democrats demand answers on DHS plans to deploy elite agents to sanctuary cities Buttigieg plans NY fundraiser with Michael J. Fox MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D) Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primary race, giving the South Bend, Ind., mayor his third congressional endorsement. 

Rice, who had previously backed former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D) before he dropped out of the 2020 race, called Buttigieg a strong candidate to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE and unite the country after Trump is out. 

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"Pete has demonstrated an unmatched ability and willingness to reach voters from across the political spectrum. He has introduced bold, yet commonsense policies that will address both our nation's long- and short-term challenges, and has avoided the divisive rhetoric that too often derails these important conversations," Rice said in a statement shared by the Buttigieg campaign.

"Pete represents the new voice and fresh perspective that our party and our country needs right now, and I'm proud to endorse him," she continued. 

The Long Island congresswoman, who represents portions of Nassau County, is Buttigieg's second congressional endorsement in two days. 

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) announced his endorsement of the mayor Monday. 

Rice had made a similar argument for needing a "new voice and fresh perspective" in the party when she didn't back Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Mattis defends Pentagon IG removed by Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash MORE (D-Calif.) last year for the top House position. 

Buttigieg's first congressional endorsement was from Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who backed the mayor in April, saying he is "similarly inspired" by Buttigieg as he was former President Obama.