Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event at Durango Hills Community Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
UPDATED 6:50 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Residents of South Bend, Indiana, are warning Americans not to vote for the city’s former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Some said Buttigieg did nothing about crime in the city while others noted there were a record number of homicides during his time as mayor. FBI data showed violent crimes rose from 622 to more than 1,000 during his time in office.
A South Bend city council member claimed Buttigieg was difficult to work with and did not address the struggles of the local black community.
“It was very difficult to get across to him, and also to his administration, how African Americans were living in South Bend,” stated Henry Davis Jr. “You’re talking about double digit unemployment, a very high poverty rate of over 40 percent, high crime, schools closing.”
The former mayor has also come under fire for South Bend’s homeless problem and for claiming economic wins in the city, which some said were the result of statewide initiatives.
People wait for democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to speak during a rally Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Additionally, the 2020 hopeful has been accused of inappropriately accepting campaign contributions from a progressive PAC. A recent complaint filed by watchdog group Campaign Legal Center alleged Buttigieg improperly accepted more than $600,000 in Nevada ad placements.
The claim pointed to a tweet by Buttigieg’s senior strategist Michael Halle. The group said his message appeared to have been used by ‘Vote Vets,’ a major progressive group that backs Buttigieg.
If confirmed, this would violate federal rules that prohibit candidates from coordinating with independent groups on their behalf.