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 ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE this Friday, according to the New Jersey Globe.

Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' 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 LoebsackHouse Democrats target Midwestern GOP seats The Hill's Campaign Report: Physician candidates lean on medical experience amid coronavirus campaigning Doctors boost Democrats' hopes to keep House MORE (D-Iowa) and Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Democrats demand Esper explicitly ban Confederate flag and allow Pride, Native Nations flags Trump tweets key GOP lawmaker has committed to not changing Confederate base names 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."