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 RiceHouse Dems demand answers regarding holding of Iranian-Americans at border Buttigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Democratic lawmaker introduces bill to tackle online terrorist activity MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Sanders surges to first in New Hampshire: poll Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success 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'RourkeVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE (D) before he dropped out of the 2020 race, called Buttigieg a strong candidate to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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 PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions 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.