Daniel “What-i-gieg?” Buggigieg is the incumbent mayor of South Bend Indiana. He’s also the media’s flavor the the month among the roughly 225 Democrats running for the 2020 Presidential nod.
Is it the intersectional lottery – he’s a gay midwestern Democrat? Or is it his accomplishments as mayor of South Bend?
It’s the lottery:
While Chicago is notorious for its murder rate, in 2015, Buttigieg’s South Bend actually topped Chicago’s 16.4 homicides per 100,000 people with a homicide rate of 16.79 per 100,000 people. Those numbers put Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s city on the list of the top 30 murder capitals in the country for the year.
In January, three shootings in one week killed two teens and left a woman paralyzed from the waist down. In one summer week, the casualties included a 12 and a 13-year-old. Last year, a man shot 6 people when he opened fire on 50 partygoers in a house and was sentenced to 100 years in jail.
By 2017, shootings had risen 20% on Mayor Buttigieg’s watch. Rapes increased 27% and aggravated assaults rose from 183 in 2013, the year before Buttigieg took office, to a stunning 563 assaults.
It’s hard to know which are flying faster, bullets in South Bend or dollars into Buttigieg’s campaign.
But then with Democrat politicians, effectiveness isn’t the issue.
The ability to divert the low-information voter base with a raft of hopey-changey unicorn piffle is.