NEW: Fundraisers Buttigieg Planned In N.Y. Were Canceled So He Could Return To South Bend

Jun 28, 2019

 

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg poses with an advocacy group after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A major political group dedicated to electing LGBTQ candidates has endorsed Democrat Pete Buttigieg for president in 2020. LGBTQ Victory Fund gave the gay 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, its endorsement during a World Pride campaign event in New York on Friday. Victory Fund President Annise Parker says, "Mayor Pete's candidacy is redefining what is possible in American politics."

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NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg is following up his first presidential debate with a fundraiser in New York with a group that has contributed millions of dollars to openly LGBT candidates.

LGBTQ Victory Fund President Annise Parker says she will join Buttigieg at a World Pride campaign event in Brooklyn on Friday "to make a historic special announcement."

Parker said earlier this year the organization expected to endorse the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana. An endorsement would provide immediate financial support ahead of Sunday's second-quarter fundraising deadline. Victory Fund invested $2 million in candidates in 2018.

Other fundraisers Buttigieg planned this weekend in New York were canceled. He'll return Friday to South Bend, where he's been dealing with the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.

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This story has been corrected to show other New York fundraising events were canceled.