Pete Buttigieg’s Husband Holds Job at Powerful Democrat Firm, Raising Conflict-of-Interest Concerns
(TheRedWire.com) – As President Joe Biden continues to flounder in the polls and stumble over his own words, many Democrats continue to suggest they would prefer he not run for president in 2024. A name that many Democrats continue to mention as a potential primary candidate is Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. On Monday, October 3, KNP Communications announced it hired Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Buttigieg, as a senior consultant. Some wonder if he’s qualified for the job and whether it’s a conflict of interest.
KNP Communications doesn’t disclose a list of clients publicly. Still, it claims it works with Democratic members of Congress, politicians at the state and local levels, presidential candidates, activist groups, and more. Given his husband’s prominent role in the president’s Cabinet, some wonder whether the hiring is a form of influence peddling.
Pete Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, landed a job at KNP Communications.
His new role could raise conflict of interest concerns—the firm boasted that it helped elect Democrats and has received nearly $850,000 from Democratic campaigns.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) October 3, 2022
Chasten was a middle-school drama teacher and wrote a book about Pete’s failed 2020 run for the Oval Office. Critics charged it was a tone-deaf assessment of the campaign “plagued by racial unrest in South Bend, Indiana.” Pete served the city as mayor from 2012 to 2020.
The communications company refused requests for comment from The Washington Free Beacon, asking if KNP would prohibit or restrict Chasten from working on cases involving organizations obtaining federal funding. A company press release of the hiring didn’t mention Chasten Buttigieg’s relationship with his husband.
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