20 Questions for Mayor Pete from Twitter’s #TeamPete

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.

How was it to meet Pete Buttigieg in person?

How was it to meet Mayor Pete? Did meeting him change my opinion of him? I had to write down my thoughts on Pete Buttigieg after seeing him in New Orleans the weekend of Essence Festival.

I want to write down my thoughts about my experience meeting Pete Buttigieg before they get too far from my head, yet while I’m not so overcome with emotion that I can’t find the words. Thanks to the support and generosity of #TeamPete, specifically one person whom I thank so much I fear it’s getting annoying, I was able to attend a political fundraiser for Mayor Pete this weekend in New Orleans.

I need you guys to understand, I am not a person who attends political fundraisers. The tickets range from $2000 down to $250. This is basically him trying to earn the money to be in the debates, and run his campaign. On one hand, I really hate it because money was my only barrier. It’s not for lack of enthusiasm. Even though I work hard in an educated, I cannot afford to spend $250 on two hours. That amount of money is school supplies for my kids, our car insurance payments, or groceries for a couple weeks (at most). I don’t have $250 to spend even on a campaign I believe in with all my heart. My donations have been between three and five dollars, except the time I bought my family Boot Edge Edge merchandise and spent $75 in one sitting. And if I’m being honest, that wasn’t the wisest thing for me to do, but at least we got some shirts out of our contributions.


When I arrived at the fundraiser, I had to stop traffic so I can parallel park, and usually when I do that, which is very often living in this city, people get angry at me as if me parking is a direct affront to them. As if I’m trying to prevent them from getting where they are going. But the couple in the car behind me waved me on and smiled politely when they passed. My first thought was, “I bet they are Mayor Pete supporters because mayor Pete supporters are the best people on the planet.” I went to this event completely out of my league as far as financial means go. If you have $2000 to give to a presidential campaign, even if that means you get to meet him and get a picture with him, you’re out of my league. Like I don’t even know what it looks like to have that kind of money to spend on an afternoon. And yet, I belonged there. I belonged because Mayor Pete brings a sense of belonging that transcends age, race, class, sexual orientation; what unifies us is our desire to belong, our desire to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. And as I wandered the room, I felt comfortable, as if I belonged with those who were different than me in almost every way. I made so many new friends, acquaintances and connections simply because of our shared support for Mayor Pete.

Pete Buttigieg New Orleans
Seriously most of us did not know each other before the event.

Remember, this is just the first part of the fundraiser. He hasn’t even shown up yet. When he did though, the joy in that room was palpable. People feel hopeful when they see him because we think he can heal our nation are deeply broken nation. I have Democrats attacking me, a bleeding heart liberal because I don’t support their candidate.

Mayor Pete’s vision for our country aligns with mine- a country, and a political party, that is united not divided. We are all different, yes. And some of us know far more suffering than others simply because of the gender we were given, our sexual orientation, the color of our skin, or the number in our (or our parent’s) bank account. But we almost all know suffering of some kind. Most of us have been “othered” in one way or another, and he wants to bring all of us “others” together, to allow our differences to unite us instead of divide us. I don’t see this talk, at least not so clearly, from any other candidate, and I admire and respect most of the people running. I know all of their voices are important to this moment, but we can only have one leader, and I believe in my heart of hearts that Mayor Pete is the leader we need. Seeing the way he answered questions and connected with the audience at the fundraiser was a game changer for me. And we haven’t even gotten into his message yet. Stay tuned.

-EmmJay

Maggie’s Why

My faith demands action

I support Mayor Pete because I believe we could have a President who the people love, and one who also loves his people. Since 2016 I have been in a group that considers themselves “politically and religiously homeless,” not finding commonality with our evangelical church members who voted in (and continue to support) President Trump and not feeling any strong pull to one political party. Like Mayor Pete has expressed, my faith demands action, and that’s how a handful of social issues, such as climate change, immigration, and supporting and reforming our education and prison systems, created a chasm in my church. I don’t regret the fault lines being exposed, and for the first time, I have hope of someone who is able to build a bridge across the divide.

Mayor Pete’s commitment to thoughtful policy, people-oriented solutions, and his own religious beliefs make me think there’s not many people with whom he would be unable to find common ground, something our country is desperate for.

About Maggie

Maggie* is a 30 year old content strategist from IL who loves sweet wine and throw pillows. If you’re active on Twitter, you can (and in my opinion, should) follow her at @TheTeaOnPete.

*name changed for privacy

KC’s Why

He is a massive feminist. That is very important as this could truly equalize woman’s rights once and for all.

I think Mayor Pete is the best candidate for president. Why?

1.He is openly gay, even though he grew-up in a time were this was unaccepted. He loved who he loved and didn’t care what the media would say about it.

2. He was a veteran. He was willing to risk his life for our country. So how does that not say “Great leader for our country”?

3. He doesn’t shame Republicans, or those who use to and still do support Donald Trump.

4. He is a massive feminist. That is very important as this could truly equalize woman’s rights once and for all.

5. I guess he just gives me hope, for the country, for the government, for everyone.

I may be 10 years old, but I truly believe he is the right candidate. And trust me, if I were 8yrs older, he would have my vote. And one last thing, I don’t understand how some people try to shame him for being gay or too young or any other “dirt” they called him on, because I can’t see one good reason, one reason at all, why Pete Boot-edge-edge isn’t PERFECT for President of the USA.

About KC

KC is a 10-year-old girl who has been politically engaged as long as she can remember. She was looking forward to seeing the first female president last election and cried when Hillary Clinton lost. She lives a life of kindness, compassion and creativity.

Bryan’s Why: Part 1

Like everybody else, I was a skeptic at first.

Growing up in South Bend Indiana, I was subject to a certain boyish naivety that I can sit back and chuckle about today. As a kid I used to believe that the everybody on the planet loved Notre Dame football, that the only religion was Catholicism, and that the rest of the world was on the east side of town. It wasn’t until I moved away to Bloomington Indiana for college, and even more so to seeing the world as a United States Army Ranger after college, that I began to reminisce and discover the uniqueness of my hometown. I’ve always kept politics in my back pocket, with a one foot in and a one foot out approach. I could tell you about the President, and my party affiliation, but Governorships and Mayors I knew little about.

That all changed in March of 2019.

For a week straight I would turn on the nightly news and watch in anguish as our President of the United States went into sick a smear campaign defecting on the memory of Vietnam P.O.W. War Hero Senator John McCain. I decided at this time, that as a Veteran myself, that I had a duty to preform. I would set forth to do everything in my power to find and support a candidate that embodies the direct opposite of the current Presidency and administration. I would use my God given talents to campaign and promote a person who I felt had the vision, goals, and integrity that our country has been desperately missing for the past two years.

Fortunately, I found my guy in Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Like everybody else, I was a skeptic at first. But the more I researched Mayor Pete, the more I discovered that we share the same values, have a common bond as Veterans, and politically lean the same way. It didn’t take long before Mayor Pete had 100% of my loyalty and support. The excitement of the Mayor Pete campaign is contagious. I’ve never felt this way about a Presidential candidate my entire life. I’m reminded of how my Mom used to speak about following the Bobby Kennedy campaign in the late 1960’s. Watching Mayor Pete’s intent to run speech was epic. It’s already been compared to the likes of the JFK Inaugural Speech and the MLK “I Have a Dream Speech”. Few people know but Mayor Pete wrote the entire speech the morning of. His talent is genius.

Since joining the Pete Buttigieg campaign, I’ve been writing every week on my “Bryan With a ‘Why?‘” Facebook blog about the benefits that this dynamic individual brings to America. I also sit on the fact finding committee of a very large Mayor Pete Facebook sight called “Pete Buttigieg for President 2020”, and do my best to collect as much information as possible to refute the negative publicity and Fake News that the conservative right is now publishing on a daily basis. It tells me that Mayor Pete has captured their attention, and we’re one step closer to the White House.

About Bryan

Bryan is a married, 48-year-old father of 5 kids and two dogs, Mister and Cubbie. He’s an Army Veteran, a carpenter, and a writer. He’s a registered Democrat, residing in Toledo, OH, and returns to his hometown of South Bend, IN every month to care for his grandparents.

Christine’s Why

It’s his compassion, something that emanates from him in every interview I’ve seen and something that we are utterly lacking in the oval office right now. The answers to tough questions that he gives seemingly not because they poll well, but because it’s what he actually believes. Answers that aren’t meant to be put on a banner, they’re made to make you think and reflect. Also, I’m an atheist, but his perspective on how he and others on the left approach religion, by focusing on helping the needy and downtrodden, is shining a much-needed spotlight on the hypocrisy of the so-called “religious” right, who are filled with such hate, misogyny and greed that it makes me fearful for the future of our country.

I was hooked after I first heard his interview on Preet Bharara’s podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, and everything I’ve heard since then has just reinforced my thinking. He’s what this country needs right now. I think he can appeal to those in the center/center right who might have been out of our reach in recent decades. I’m hopeful that everyone will see what I and other supporters see.

About Christine

Christine is a 48-year-old married mom of two living in the New Jersey area who is registered as a Democrat.