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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 RiceHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly 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'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D) before he dropped out of the 2020 race, called Buttigieg a strong candidate to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation 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.