VoteVets Endorses Buttigieg for DNC Chair

WASHINGTON, DC – In an unprecedented move, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is endorsing South Bend, Indiana mayor and Afghanistan Veteran Pete Buttigieg for Chair of the Democratic Party.  “Mayor Pete,” as he’s known, took a leave from his job to serve in Afghanistan with the US Navy, in 2014.


“Progressives need fresh and bold new leadership, like Mayor Pete, to lead the way to regaining the majority in Congress, and the White House,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.  “Veterans like Pete know how to communicate to so many Americans why it is progressive policies that will keep America safe, and prosperous.  Being from the heartland, Pete also knows how to reconnect with huge swaths of the country that Democrats, frankly, have ignored.  He has a record of success in Indiana doing just that – not just on a rhetorical level, but on a technical and strategic level, as a great organizer.  That’s why he’s exactly the right person to lead the progressive movement, as chair.”


VoteVets has never endorsed a candidate for any office within either party, but Soltz explained that the group could not sit on the sidelines this year.


“VoteVets will always endorse veterans – of either party – who stand up for progressive ideals,” said Soltz.  “When one comes about who is seeking to lead an entire party, we’re going to back him or her up.  If, by some miracle, the GOP recognizes the error of its ways and a progressive veteran runs for chair of the Republican Party, we’ll endorse that person, too.  As far as we’re concerned, America cannot have enough progressive military veterans in public life.”


According to his official bio, “Mayor Pete” is one of America’s youngest mayors, and the Washington Post has called him “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.”  Pete took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan in 2014, with the US Navy, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work. Under his leadership, South Bend has addressed its toughest challenges and is growing at the fastest rate in years.


Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs.

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