Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Has Been On Leave For 2 MONTHS As Strains On Supply Chain Continue

Written by K. Walker on October 15, 2021

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Preachy “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg was beloved by cable news and was a staple and then… he just vanished.

Despite having no real experience besides his stated “personal love of transportation”, President Ron Klain President Biden selected him as transportation secretary.

Recently, we’ve seen that cargo ships are piling up offshore waiting to unload, there aren’t enough truck drivers to ship things across the country, and we’re starting to see some bare shelves in stores.

In August, in the midst of the Afghanistan crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris was on a tour of Southeast Asia and told Americans that they should start Christmas shopping. The administration knew that supply chains were going to be a problem.

Yesterday would’ve been a great time to hear from the Transporation Secretary.

So where is the always loquacious and ever camera-ready Mr. I-travelled-on-Amtrack-in-College-and-Proposed-in-an-Airport Buttigieg?

The Department of Transportation just admitted that the head of their department has been on leave for two months.

How did the stalwart journos in the D.C. swampland not notice this earlier?

While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn’t appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: “Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays.”

They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

In early September, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana announced that he and his husband “are becoming parents.”

“For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. “He has been ramping up activities since then.” As he does that, Buttigieg will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children,” the spokesperson added.

Right-wingers, who value family highly, suggested that perhaps during a crisis that will affect the entire country, perhaps taking months-long leave is at the very least bad optics.

Jesse Kelly of the Jesse Kelly Show had joked that Buttigieg was on “maternity leave.”

Parental leave is great and all, and it gives time to bond with children, but why is he getting two months of paid leave when the administration knew that there was a crisis looming?

It’s not like Mayor Pete was nursing the babies or recovering from the birthing process.

But why should we be surprised? This administration has prioritized their vacations to crises since taking office.

This administration has been completely incapable of handling any crisis with any semblance of competence.

You know what they say… the fish rots from the head down.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker