African American mayor in Iowa endorses Buttigieg

African American mayor in Iowa endorses Buttigieg
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The first black mayor of Waterloo, Iowa, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary Poll shows tight general election battle between Trump and top Democrats MORE less than a month before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. 

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart said Buttigieg will not ignore communities like the city he serves because the former South Bend, Ind., mayor “comes from one.” 

“Pete is running to bring the same transformative approach he brought to his city to our country — and I’m proud to stand alongside him in that effort,” Hart said in a statement Tuesday. “As our nation moves forward, we cannot continue to ignore communities like ours, and I know that Pete won’t forget places like Waterloo because he comes from one.”


Waterloo is the most racially diverse city in the state, according to The Associated Press. The endorsement could give Buttigieg a boost as he struggles to court black voters, a large portion of the Democratic electorate. 

Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted a Buttigieg campaign event in Iowa on Sunday, chanting "anti-black, anti-poor," apparently referring to Buttigieg. Days before, about a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated at a Buttigieg campaign event in California. 

Speaking to the AP, Hart highlighted Buttigieg’s work serving South Bend. 

“He’s taken an industrial place like South Bend, Indiana, which is kind of similar to the story of Waterloo, Iowa, where a lot of people had given up on that community, and made great strides to turning it around,” Hart told the AP.

“Just like in South Bend and Waterloo, we’re placed in situations where it seems like we’re responsible to fix generations of decline, to fix generational and systemic racism or problems that we’ve had,” he added. 


Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa MORE (D-Md.) last week became the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse Buttigieg

Hart’s endorsement comes as polls show a tight race between Buttigieg and three other candidates in Iowa.

A Des Moines Register–CNN poll released last week has Buttigieg at 16 percent, in third place behind Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Human Rights Campaign president rips Sanders's embrace of Rogan endorsement MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKlobuchar plans campaign rallies across Iowa despite impeachment trial Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Warren pledges to release Trump records if elected MORE (D-Mass.). Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE was in dead heat with the mayor at 15 percent, based on the poll. 

The Iowa caucuses will take place on Feb. 3.