Secretary of Transportation and former Democratic Party presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg traveled to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s annual fundraiser with Democrats at a winery in Napa Valley, California, according to NBC News.
Guess who made it back to a Napa winery for a fundraiser? @PeteButtigieg is at the big @SpeakerPelosi fundraiser in Napa. pic.twitter.com/fbkNkdnQwt
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) August 20, 2022
Last year, Pelosi’s fundraiser made headlines because Democrats were sipping wine while Americans were dying in Afghanistan during the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from that country, leaving the Taliban in charge.
Pelosi’s fundraiser also raised eyebrows because all of the guests were maskless — while the white-coated waiters serving them their food and drinks were all wearing masks, reinforcing a class divide despite Democrats’ rhetoric about equality.
During the 2020 presidential primary, Buttigeig also drew scorn from the left for fundraising in a California “wine cave.” The campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) even created a website to mock Buttigieg and accuse him of being out of touch.
Buttigieg is considered a likely future presidential candidate — and is thought to be jockeying for position in the event that President Biden steps down for health reasons, or declines to run in 2024, leaving Vice President Kamala Harris in charge.
Harris is deeply unpopular among the electorate, and Buttigieg has often sought headlines — at the expense of doing his actual job. Last summer, he disappeared for two months on unannounced paternity leave as a cargo crisis began at the nation’s ports.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.