Rep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg

Rep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg

Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) will announce his endorsement of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE this Friday, according to the New Jersey Globe.

Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) appear to have come out of the Iowa Democratic caucuses on Monday as the top two, though the results are still not complete. On Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE called for a recanvass of the results.

Buttigieg represents a more moderate sect of the Democratic electorate while Sanders is the most left-of-center candidate in the race. 

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Kim and Buttigieg were Rhodes Scholars at Oxford University together. He is the seventh House member to endorse Buttigieg. Reps. Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackRep. Andy Kim to endorse Buttigieg Stuck in DC for impeachment, senators hold ground in Iowa Buttigieg picks up Iowa congressman's endorsement ahead of caucuses MORE (D-Iowa) and Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownDemocrat refuses to yield House floor, underscoring tensions on coronavirus vote Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings endorses Biden ahead of Florida primary Buttigieg, Klobuchar face uphill battle in pivot to diverse states MORE (D-Md.) also endorsed him.

"I know Pete, I trust Pete and I believe he's ready to move our country forward," Kim said in a press release about the endorsement.

"I’ve known him nearly half my life, we shared the joys of each other’s weddings, and we had hard conversations about deployments to Afghanistan and what it means to serve our nation."

Kim, who was a national security officer in the Bush and Obama administrations, touted Buttigieg's executive experience as Mayor of South Bend.

"Over the years I’ve seen Pete not only step up to face some of our nation’s toughest challenges with calm and precision, but he also truly cares about helping people live their best lives," Kim said. "I'm proud to stand with him in his fight to become the next President of the United States."