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Former Bush official blasts Buttigieg: 'He is not ready'

 Former Bush official blasts Buttigieg: 'He is not ready'
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A former President George W. Bush administration official blasted Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks MORE over his lack of experience in national politics, which she argues makes him underqualified for the Oval Office.

Sheila Bair, the former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), said Democrats are “almost maniacal in their eagerness to oust” President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE and in doing so are less focussed on the qualifications of their candidates. 

“Enter Pete Buttigieg, whose primary asset seems to be a thin résumé,”Bair wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in The Washington Post.  

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“He hasn’t done much to prove his chops in the national political arena. On the other hand, his lack of a record would provide scant fodder for Trump to exploit in a general election,” she added of the former South Bend, Ind., mayor.

Bair dismissed comparisons she said some have made between Buttigieg and former President Obama during his 2008 campaign. 

Bair said she worked with Obama when she chaired the FDIC, a position she held until 2011, bluntly adding, “Pete Buttigieg is no Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Pentagon issues report revealing ex-White House doctor 'belittled' subordinates, violated alcohol policies MORE.” 

“Obama was, and is, an exceptional, inspirational leader, skilled politician and grass-roots organizer,” she wrote, adding that he was 10 years older than Buttigieg and had served four years in the U.S. Senate before his presidency. 

Bair admits in the op-ed that she is a Republican and has never voted for a Democrat. She said that in 2016, she “voted negative,” choosing the Libertarian Party ticket. She said she would “prefer not to do so again” but signaled that she may if Buttigieg were the nominee. 

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“I like Buttigieg and would be happy to endorse him ... 20 years from now, after he has proved himself. Today, however, he is not ready,” she wrote.  

She named former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.) as two candidates “with strong records of pubic achievement.” 

A spokesperson for the Buttigieg campaign responded to Bair’s comment in a statement to The Hill defending the mayor’s leadership and his years serving in the military. 

“As Pete said at a recent debate, Washington experience is not inherently more valuable than the 'experience of knowing what is at stake as the decisions made in those big white buildings come into our lives, our homes, our families, our workplaces, and our marriages,’” spokesperson Sean Savett said.

“That's the experience the American people are looking for: not just to go to Washington, but to change it before it is too late."

Updated: 9:44 p.m.