Mayor Pete Buttigieg

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigned in New Hampshire over the weekend. Buttigieg is seeking to become the first gay man elected President.

In a wide ranging interview with CNN, Buttigieg shared his thoughts on Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence: “My personal interactions with him have always been very civil and very decent, but it’s also simply true that politically he’s a fanatic and he damaged our city and our state through choices that his social extremism led him to make,” Buttigieg said.   

Buttigieg, 37, is one of eight significant Democrats to declare presidential ambitions. The Democratic field includes Buttigieg, five U.S. senators, a congresswoman and former President Barack Obama’s Housing & Urban Development secretary.

On Feb. 15, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld announced his intentions to form a presidential exploratory committee as a member of the Republican Party. Weld governed Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2016.

President Donald Trump, Weld said, is “simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office in the land.” Weld offered tax cuts during his Bedford, New Hampshire press conference and categorized members of the Republican party as political prisoners suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome.” A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee said any effort – much less the whims of 73-year-old Weld -- would go “absolutely nowhere.”

LGBT MOVES:

1.       David Richardson announced via Facebook he would seek a seat on the Miami Beach City Commission. Richardson previously served portions of Miami Beach as a state representative in Tallahassee – the first gay man elected to the Florida House. He gave up that seat to run for an open U.S. Congress office – coming in second in the 2018 Democratic primaries to eventual winner Donna Shalala.