If you’re not a Pete Buttigieg fan, I understand your hesitation to this post. After all, I run a website called Why Mayor Pete, a Facebook page of the same name and my Twitter name is “Mayor Pete Fangirl”. Clearly I’m #TeamPete. But stay with me, even if he’s not your candidate, because the website I’m sending you to is not, in fact, www.peteforamerica.com or any other Boot Edge Edge enthusiast site.
The website I think you should follow is one heck of an undertaking by someone I only know through their Twitter handle, but whom I have come to respect and admire as a fellow writer, content marketer and analytics nerd. This website gives you charts and graphs, plus commentary from every campaign email for every 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee.
The site is aptly titled “But Their Emails” where the author has subscribed to each and every email list from each and every candidate, then provides a daily blog post brimming with side-by-side information about the campaign’s email marketing tactics.
I’ve been surprised by some of the conclusions I’ve drawn from this comparison, and how it affects my top choices. I will of course vote blue no matter who, but seeing the frequency and tone of the emails from the candidates has influenced who I support and who has been moved lower on my list.
I encourage you to check it out and draw your own conclusions.
Like many Democrats, I wasn’t expecting to get on board with a candidate so early in the campaign season, especially with over twenty in the race.
Love at First Sight
Like many Democrats, I wasn’t expecting to get on board with a candidate so early in the campaign season, especially with over twenty in the race. Then I stumbled upon the March CNN Town Hall and saw Pete Buttigieg for the first time. In the ten minutes I caught, I was convinced. You may think I’m exaggerating the ten minutes aspect of my decision, but, in reality, it was probably less than that.
In that short time, Pete answered questions and framed them in a context I’d never heard from any other candidate. I sat stock-still with my jaw dropped, thinking – this guy is special. Really special. This guy is going to be our next president. And it really was within the first ten minutes of listening to Pete that I got this strong gut feeling.
There were many things Pete said that resonated with me, that impressed me, but I will tell you the first one that sold me. When answering a question about immigrants, Pete said something like this: “Immigrants are part of our community. We have to take care of our community.” BOOM. No one else was talking about our immigrant population this way.
I hadn’t heard anyone else state the reality that immigrants are well-established in communities across the US. They live among us and have jobs and children in school. They shop at the grocery store and drive on the roads. I know this firsthand because I work with immigrants. I teach advanced level English as a Second Language to adults. Every year, I get to know approximately 50 immigrants. We have group discussions and they write essays for me. Our program has a childcare, so I meet their kids too. I know these immigrants.
Pete understands the complexity of immigration issues on an intellectual level, but it is his compassion that I especially love. Apply these two elements – intellect and compassion – to Pete’s approach to any issue, and you have what makes him extraordinary. It’s why Pete Buttigieg will be the next President of the United States.
About Sue Ann
Sue Ann Rawlins teaches English to adult English Language Learners. In her spare time, she is a world traveler flying around from her home base in Minneapolis as a standby passenger, meeting online friends. Author of Novel Friends, Sue Ann keeps up with her writings on her site, susieyoungatheart.com
What questions would Pete Buttigieg supporters ask him if they had the chance? I took to Twitter to find out.
Pete Buttigieg seems to say yes to every media opportunity, and as someone in marketing/PR, I love the strategy. He’s getting his message out there and it is resonating with people. He also takes questions almost every time he speaks at an event, but there are so many people who only know him from afar, and they have questions too! Enter #TeamPete, a group of individuals from all over the country (and the world), who have connected on Twitter under that and other hashtags in support of Mayor Pete. (not to be confused with official members of the campaign who also use #TeamPete)
Sometimes, we wonder about serious things, like his thoughts on education reform, and other times, you can find us musing about who made his laminated list of celebrity crushes.
For example, a buddy of mine from Twitter posed this question the other day:
Which sparked me to ask what people thought his Enneagram type was (general consensus: 5). Then, I started to wonder what #TeamPete would ask him if we had the opportunity to ask him questions. Naturally, I tweeted my thoughts:
The responses were an eclectic mix of hard hitting and lighthearted questions, and some of them, I had to google to know what they are (I’m looking at you, Ghurka). I’ve included the top 20 questions below, but there are a few more on Twitter if you’d like to check them out!
Though we aren’t official media by any means, I would love if somehow Pete Buttigieg could answer these questions.
- We talk a lot about prison reform & ending privately owned prisons. What would you do to improve accountability in county jails & can funding be directed back to them so private companies stop the revolving door system they’re profiting so we’ll off? No1 should profit from jails @snowflake4pete
- I’d love to know what topics/chapters didn’t make the final cut for your book! @MelanieMN9
- What would you do about research funding? And lifting current restrictions on research? Especially to major research universities? @ClintonDC
- What’s your dream vacation? @RDU4Pete
- Would you be willing to secure federal funding to help county/city LGBT organizations provide outreach programs for mental health in geographies that often encounter homophobia or a lack of resources? @cosimads
- How do you remain calm & steady in an environment of chaos? @SeattlePeteVol
- In South Bend, you have Mayor’s night out. I would love to know if you can envision a way, as President, to get to hear directly from people about the things impacting their lives. @gpmominoh
- What is your specific plan for public education (besides getting a new secretary of education who believes in public education)? @czeigen4
- How many white shirts and blue ties do you have? @mo_necar
- How do you judge a good advisor? @Seattle4Pete
- Name one place you have always wanted to visit and why? @SharonlD1260
- What plan would you have for assisting millennial single parents for going back to school and furthering their education? @DenaeEdgeEdge
- Which five albums would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? @70sPete
- What would your process look like for selecting advisors, Cabinet members, and other appointees? What characteristics would you prioritize when building your team? @nerdypursuit
- Thurifer or no thurifer? @Lutheran4Pete
- What are you going to do to protect our public lands and national parks? @wendyjgmom
- What’s the best advice your parents ever gave you and how did it make a difference in your life? @SeelyeTracy
- Did you smoke Ghurkas in Afgahanistan because you liked them, or was that the only choice available? @IdahoforPete
- What are your thoughts on Brexit? @nicolesnider73
- Are the nesting peregrine falcons still in their box above your office in SB? @1kartmania
There you have it! Questions from the grassroots team for their chosen candidate. If he’s answered these questions somewhere, let us know!
What would YOU ask Mayor Pete given the chance? Please say it’s better than what I asked him.