Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-02-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Buttigieg's historic campaign finishes second in N.H.
by Lisa Keen, Keen News Service
2020-02-12

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


LGBT leaders in New Hampshire were widely divided on who to support in the Feb. 11 Democratic presidential primary, but the LGBT community could celebrate another history-making performance by openly gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, who won the greatest number of state delegates in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, won the same number of delegates ( nine ) as Sanders in New Hampshire, but came in second in terms of votes.

Speaking to a rally crowd in Nashua close to 11 p.m. ET, Buttigieg thanked the crowd for supporting a "new generation" of leadership. He thanked his grassroots supporters around the country, highlighting first "the woman in Minnesota who donated [to the Buttigieg campaign] in honor of the wife she lost to lung cancer." Early in his speech, he said, "Thanks to Chasten, the love of my life," to cheers from the crowd.

"A campaign that some said shouldn't be here at all showed that we are here to stay," said Buttigieg.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders came in first in New Hampshire with 26 percent of the vote. Sanders came out to give his victory speech while Buttigieg was speaking to his rally, prompting C-SPAN and other major networks to cut away from Buttigieg.

On stage just a few feet away from the podium where Sanders spoke was well-known New Hampshire LGBT state activist Mo Baxley, who served as Sanders' deputy political director.

State Rep. Geri Cannon and former state Rep. Jim Splaine endorsed Buttigieg, who finished second with 24 percent of the vote.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who came in third place with 20 percent of the vote, did not have any high-profile LGBT endorsements in New Hampshire.

State Reps. Ed Butler, Lisa Bunker and Joyce Weston and former New Hampshire Stonewall Democrats co-chair Gail Morrison backed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who came in fourth, with 9 percent of the vote.

Somersworth's openly gay Mayor Dana Hilliard supported former Vice President Joe Biden, who came in fifth, with 8 percent of the vote.

And U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, whose Congressional district frequently flips between Democrats and Republicans, stayed steadfastly neutral, refusing to say, even after the polls closed, who received his vote.

Buttigieg's second-place finish continues his history-making performance as an openly gay candidate and suggests that, so far, voters are more focused on his intelligence, temperament, military service and values than they are focused on his sexual orientation.

He also demonstrated during the past week that he could prevail despite numerous attacks by his competitors. After Buttigieg edged out Sanders in securing delegates to the Iowa state convention last week, he became the target of pointed criticism from other candidates.

During the Feb. 7 debate at St. Anselm College, Biden said Buttigieg has not demonstrated the ability to win a "broad scope of support across the spectrum, including African Americans and Latinos." The Biden campaign began running an attack ad deriding Buttigieg's record as South Bend mayor, characterizing it as as installing "decorative lights" and "decorative bricks"— language that some activists thought sounded like a subliminal effort to draw attention to Buttigieg's being gay.

"It was as homophobic as it gets," said gay Democratic activist David Mixner, who has endorsed Buttigieg.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund issued a press release condemning the ad, calling it "petty and demeaning."

"As a former mayor myself," said Victory Fund President Annise Parker, who's a former mayor of Houston, "I find it insulting that he would belittle the important role mayors play in the everyday lives of their residents. ... Biden's team must be reading some terrible poll numbers for them to release such a desperate ad against a fellow Democrat. It's time they refocus their fire at Donald Trump."

Parker applauded Buttigieg's second place finish in New Hampshire, saying it was a strong answer to questions about Buttigieg's electability.

"It shatters the notion that an openly gay candidate can win in only the most liberal hotspots," said Parker, "and underscores Pete's position as the best candidate to unite Americans in defeating Donald Trump. That the historic nature of his candidacy is relatively subdued is a testament to our progress as a nation. With enormous momentum heading into the upcoming primaries, it is clear America is ready to elect its first openly gay president."

Former New Hampshire state Rep. Jim Splaine—one of the LGBT leaders in securing marriage equality there—waited until primary day to announce his support. In a Facebook post, he noted, "I have seen many candidates, and I have personally met every one of those who has served as President since 1964," wrote Splaine. "In Pete Buttigieg, I see the makings of another John F. Kennedy. A candidate who can inspire, unite, and motivate the people of our country to be better than we have been."

But Splaine, too, noted the importance of Buttigieg's success to the LGBT community specifically, saying "every time Pete Buttigieg does well in an election … a boy or girl thinking that they are all alone now feels that they more belong."

"And that's important, especially to me because I felt that way for years during the younger part of my life," said the 72-year-old Splaine. "Someday, I hope [being gay] just doesn't matter. But, as we see in many examples around our nation every day in many ways, it still really does matter."

Buttigieg's awareness of the impact of his success on young LGBT people was apparent this week, too, when he choked up briefly during remarks to a town hall gathering at a middle school in Laconia, New Hampshire, February 4.

It was his fourth of five campaign events of the day, coming the day after the marathon-long caucuses in Iowa the night before. He said his victory in Iowa "validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong in their own family—that if you believe in yourself and your country, there's a lot backing up that belief."

Buttigieg has repeatedly said he is not trying to be "the gay candidate," but his campaign is aware that his being gay could have more impact in South Carolina, where about 29 percent of the population is African American. A Buttigieg-commissioned focus group of African Americans in South Carolina last fall suggested they wanted Buttigieg to keep his sexual orientation more low key. And a fivethirtyeight.com analysis of South Carolina polling, published Tuesday, showed Buttigieg in sixth place with only 6.6 percent support. The South Carolina primary is Feb. 29.

The next voting takes place in Nevada, which holds its caucuses Feb. 22; the next presidential debate will take place Feb. 19 in Las Vegas. Buttigieg is one of only five candidates to qualify that that debate thus far, but the Democratic National Committee has modified its qualifying criteria in a way that may allow former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to participate.

Meanwhile, two Democratic hopeful pulled out of the race Feb. 11: businessman Andrew Yang and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

©2020 Keen News Service. All rights reserved


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Bollywood film, UK employers, assault, Rainbow Railroad 2020-02-25 - The India film capital of Bollywood is releasing its first major romantic comedy with a lead gay character, Advocate.com noted. Shubh Mangal Zyada ...


Gay News

HRC releases 2020 presidential survey, candidate responses 2020-02-24 - On Feb. 24, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released its 2020 presidential questionnaire and responses from the leading Democratic candidates. The ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 Feigenholtz endorses Pizer to succeed her 2020-02-24 - State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz endorsed Yoni Pizer in the Democratic primary election for the House seat she held for 24 years, calling Pizer ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 JUDICIAL (FLEMING VAC.) Trowbridge on race, lessons, LGBT judges 2020-02-24 - Brad Trowbridge has been an attorney for 20 years specializing in a wide swath of family law issues including, but not limited to, ...


Gay News

Gay Ireland prime minister resigns 2020-02-23 - Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay prime minister, resigned Feb. 20, The Washington Blade noted. The BBC reported that Varadkar submitted his resignation ...


Gay News

'Drag Them to the Polls!' moved to Feb. 28 2020-02-22 - "Drag Them to the Polls!"—a voter-education effort to get out the LGBTQ+ vote in the Chicago area by celebrating the city's history of ...


Gay News

Nevada slugfest: Warren and Buttigieg score solid points 2020-02-20 - "Horse-faced lesbians." That was one of the first barbs flayed against the Democratic presidential field's newcomer, Mike Bloomberg Feb. 19 in the party's ...


Gay News

Windy City Times printable election charts 2020-02-19 - For printable Election Guide charts, please follow the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT2020webchartsPRIMARYCOMPLETE.pdf . Please check back here on March 4, 2020. ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 Guide to the LGBTQs 2020-02-19 - This year's primary elections will feature a record number of openly LGBT candidates throughout Illinois. The list includes: 1. Karla Bailey-Smith ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 COOK COUNTY CLERK Jacob Meister talks hopes for reforms 2020-02-19 - Attorney/activist Jacob Meister is making his second attempt vying for the Cook County Court Clerk post that is being vacated by Dorothy Brown. ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.