Biden to nominate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary: report

Biden to nominate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary: report
Pete Buttigieg // Credit: Gage Skidmore
Frontpage news and politics

A year ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and then-South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg were debating one another during the Democratic presidential primary. Now, Buttigieg is being nominated for transportation secretary in President-elect Biden's incoming administration, according to CNN, as well as other outlets.

CNN's Dan Merica explains, "The role of transportation secretary is expected to play a central role in Biden's push for a bipartisan infrastructure package. Buttigieg is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, but someone who lacked an obvious path to higher elected office given the continued rightward shift of his home state of Indiana."

Biden and Buttigieg, now 38, had their disagreements during the primary, but after Buttigieg dropped out, Biden spoke highly of him and even compared him to his late son Beau Biden. At an event in Dallas in March, Biden said of the comparison, "I know that may not mean much to most people, but to me, it's the highest compliment I can give any man or woman."

Buttigieg isn't the only former Democratic primary rival Biden has selected. Although Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris had some testy exchanges during the primary, he ended up choosing her as his running mate — and the California senator is now vice president-elect.

Journalist Bill Scher, in May 2019, predicted that Buttigieg would end up in a presidential administration — and he even guessed the right position:

Other Democrats who were considered for transportation secretary, Merica notes, range from Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who served as White House chief of staff in President Barack Obama's administration in 2009 and 2010.

Biden reportedly considered Buttigieg for other positions in his administration, including Commerce secretary and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by