He’s Back! Gay Mayor (and Presidential Candidate) Pete Buttigieg Returns to WeHo on May 9

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, the gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., who has emerged as a viable contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, will return to West Hollywood on May 9 for a fundraiser hosted by City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath among others.

Buttigieg was in West Hollywood on March 14 for a “meet and greet” at Bar Lubitsch that, while announced at the last minute, attracted a large crowd.

Buttigieg, 37, is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar, and he’s married.  In 2011, at the age of 29, he was elected mayor of South Bend, a classic Midwestern city with a population of 102,000 people.  He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave during his mayoral term for a deployment to Afghanistan.  He and his husband, Chasten, are parents to two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.

Other hosts of the fundraiser are Jennifer Childress, Sam Greisman, Ira Madison III, Brandon Sharp, Brent Weinstein and Sue LaVaccare.  

The invitation, which doesn’t disclose the West Hollywood location, lists ticket levels of $25, $50, $100 and $500.  The $25 and $50 levels are marked as “sold out.”

“I first met Mayor Pete through mutual friends in the Truman National Security Project,” Horvath says in an email invitation to the event. “I was a Partner Member and had heard rumor of a guy from South Bend — home of my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, where Pete’s parents worked — who was a millennial Mayor, openly gay, a Christian, AND a veteran.”

Horvath said she also met Buttigeg and his husband, Chasten, at the White House with President Obama at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“Living out and proud both his Christian values and his loving marriage to Chasten are the things that inspire me the most about Pete, as I’ve witnessed just how hard it is to do both with truth and grace,” Horvath said.


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UCSBGRAD
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UCSBGRAD

They should move the event to the Abbey to accommodate more people. Bar Lubitsch is to small.

Steve Martin
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Steve Martin

A role model comes to the rescue of West Hollywood!

Rescue Ourselves
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Rescue Ourselves

We can only rescue ourselves from our own pettiness and take responsibility to stand up and be accountable to all without division and preconceived notions of specialness.

Mayor Pete does not appear to be on a rescue mission but he may inspire.

Steve Martin
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Steve Martin

So true. WeHo exceptionalism has run its’ course.

WeHo conscience
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WeHo conscience

From the article it sounds like her invitation is meant to promote her almost more than him.

I hope there’s a chance for the rest of us to meet him while he and Chasten are here

Lindsey
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Lindsey

All are welcome. Anyone interested can RSVP & purchase tickets here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/5.9.19_grassroots_la
Some ticket levels have sold out since they went on sale this weekend, and we’ve reached out to the campaign to see if we can open up more tickets at those levels.

Greg Weaver
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Greg Weaver

Lindsey-
With the purchase of a Co-host ticket it asks for the names of your guests. I’ve listed my husband. Does this mean he comes in on my ticket with me? It wasn’t clear. Thanks and looking forward to it!

Lindsey
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Lindsey

It depends on the ticket level purchased. Glad we connected by email. Let me know if you have other questions!

Gadfly-in-Chief
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Gadfly-in-Chief

Some folks will perpetually do anything and everything to seek attention, give advice when it is not requested, required or welcome and generally present themselves as the most knowledgable community gadfly-in-chief.

Mayor Pete and our council members are welcome to do whatever they deem fit in terms of their purview and the community.

weho adjacent
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weho adjacent

As a big Buttigieg supporter, I have to 100% agree with your whole comment. How are all the relatively affordable tickets immediately sold out?

DBL
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DBL

The Abbey says it’s happening there – promoting the event on their Instagram. I believe I first saw the announcement last week.

Ken Howard, LCSW
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So…how can we get an invitation??

weho adjacent
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weho adjacent

So, is this a closed invitation? Only the LA elite get a chance to go?

How lovely.

Nate
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Nate

Tickets are on sale. Liberal mentality is everything should be free, but that’s not real life. Buy a ticket if you want to go.

Randy
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Randy

That is not “liberal mentality.” If anything, we want people to be taken care of. Not at zero cost.

Eric Jon Schmidt
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Eric Jon Schmidt

To Quote Henry Scott in an article written by him: “The City Council is West Hollywood’s board of directors. Its primary job is developing goals and policies for the city and keeping an ear open to constituent concerns. The Council oversees the City Manager, whose primary job is implementing the policies developed by the City Council, keeping the Council abreast of city issues, responding to the concerns of residents and keeping the city running. In an ideal situation, the Council members would have no contact with city staffers outside official meetings. Instead they would filter their questions and concerns through… Read more »

Alan Strasburg
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Alan Strasburg

Working my butt off to connect this rant to the topic at hand.

Michael G.
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Michael G.

Mayor Pete should definitely be given the WEHO Key to the City. A goodwill gesture that might erase the embarrassing PR blunder of grandstanding John Duran and John D’Amico in awarding adult film star Stormy Daniels the Key to WEHO, with her allegedly corrupt attorney (ex-Democrat presidential candidate) Michael Avenatti gleefully watching her accept. I wonder if Avenatti offered ex-Mayor Duran a ride in his private jet? Hope it happened before authorities repossessed it. Stormy’s ex-lawyer is now facing major criminal problems. If Avenatti gets off these charges he should defenitely go into development in WEHO. He will fit right… Read more »

Eric Jon Schmidt
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Eric Jon Schmidt

There are many local issues which need the attention of our City Council such as improving and making consistent the crosswalks; public cameras at crosswalks and intersections, homelessness, enforcement of sidewalk safety from scooters, bikes and skateboards; approving a new plan for Sheriff Deputies to increase patrol in residential areas, speed humps and other traffic slowing measures, plus much more. As much as I admire Buttigieg, our Council Members should focus on local issues. Council Members should not use time or resources for anything that does not directly effect West Hollywood and its’ Residents. This is clearly an opportunity for… Read more »

Scott Sigman
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Scott Sigman

Exactly. Hey come to this event but some are sold out.
Doesn’t sound well organized and the open tickets are far less expensive then the others attended

How long?
Guide our expectations.
May 9 th is the day one LA Film festivals.
So I won’t be there.
Must uncool thing I ever read.

Sam
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Sam

Nate if you’re gay and conservative then are you ok with the latest from the administration that says that people can deny you service because of their religious beliefs ? In other words an allegedly Christian doctor can deny to

Alan Strasburg
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Alan Strasburg

Apples and oranges, dear. I can’t see where any council resources went into the production of this event. I think people can chew gum and tie their shoes at the same time. I’ll be the first to call out councilmembers for grandstanding, but endorsing candidates for any office is tradition in elected office.