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 RiceButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Democratic lawmaker introduces bill to tackle online terrorist activity NY attorney general to investigate alleged Long Island housing discrimination MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Tulsi Gabbard reacts to Afghanistan report, calls out Pete Buttigieg's McKinsey work Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' 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'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE (D) before he dropped out of the 2020 race, called Buttigieg a strong candidate to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' 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.