South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the candidate most hated by his rivals for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, according to a profile Saturday by the New York Times.
The Times reports that other candidates resent Buttigieg’s “know-it-all” attitude, given his experience — and are jealous of his star power and fundraising prowess.
In the still-crowded Democratic presidential field, one man has triggered an outpouring of resentment and angst.
It’s not Donald Trump.
As Mr. Buttigieg, the millennial mayor of a town smaller than a New York City Council district, rises in the polls, he has struck a nerve with his Democratic rivals.
Many of their campaigns have griped privately about the attention and cash directed toward Mr. Buttigieg. They say he is too inexperienced to be electable and that his accomplishments don’t merit the outsize appeal he has with elite donors and voters. His public punditry about the race has prompted eye rolls from older rivals who view him as a know-it-all.
And in a field where most candidates find themselves strapped for cash, they snipe at his ability to raise more than anyone else in the primary field except for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The Times notes that Buttigieg irritated fellow candidates recently when he described the campaign as a two-way race between himself and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).