Raising fresh questions and new critiques about his close ties to corporate elites amid a hotly contested Democratic primary, Bloomberg reports Monday morning that the campaign of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received private and direct hiring advice from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—advice the presidential candidate apparently took.
According to Bloomberg:
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg sent multiple emails to Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, with names of individuals that he might consider hiring, campaign spokesman Chris Meagher confirmed. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg’s wife, also sent multiple emails to Schmuhl with staff recommendations. Ultimately, two of the people recommended were hired.
Jennifer Jacobs, senior White House reporter for the news outlet, described the scoop by her colleagues as “a rare example of direct political involvement from one most powerful tech executives.”
Already under fire from progressives as a “sharp tool” who often appears to be operating on behalf of corporate interests when it comes to attacking Medicare for All, utilizing fossil fuel industry talking points when addressing the climate crisis, and taking in big money from the financial and tech sectors—the news about accepting behind-the-scenes directions from Zuckerberg, himself under intense political scrutiny for the way in which Facebook’s outsized influence is damaging democracy, was not well-received.
“The staff recommendations from Zuckerberg are the first evidence of the Facebook CEO actively assisting a presidential campaign.“@PeteButtigieg has fallen in with the wrong crowd.https://t.co/ikRHc3Jm20
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) October 21, 2019
“I will be very interested to see how Buttigieg answers the many questions he will no doubt be getting about this story,” said podcast host Len Edgerly in response to Bloomberg‘s reporting. “It will be a good test of his candor, courage, and clarity.”
Colossal failure of leadership’: Trump ‘unfit’ for pandemic, ‘has blood on his hands’ says Pulitzer Prize winning paper
'Come November, There Must Be a Reckoning for the Lives Lost'
A Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper is responding to President Donald Trump's failure to manage the coronavirus pandemic, and is not holding back. The Boston Globe's editorial board, far from a bastion of far left liberalism, is denouncing the nation's President as "unfit for a pandemic."
"Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands," the Globe's editorial board writes.
Biden says ‘hard to envision’ Democratic convention taking place in July as Sanders vows to stay in race
The two remaining contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made their comments on separate late night tv appearances.
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night said he found it "hard to envision" the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July going forward as planned as his rival for the party's 2020 presidential nomination Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that in his mind, the race is still far from over.
Lindsey Graham’s ouster called for by ex-GOP congressman: ‘You sold your soul to Donald Trump’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was blasted on Tuesday evening by a former Republican congressman.
"With so much happening, it’s easy to forget that the 2020 campaign is still going on. If you’re able, would you consider giving a small donation to help me spread my common-sense conservative message?" Graham asked on Twitter.
But former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) was having none of it.
"Respectfully Lindsey, even though I’m a conservative, I’m supporting your opponent Jaime Harrison," Walsh wrote.
"I’m not a Democrat, but you’ve been in DC too damn long, and you sold your soul to Donald Trump," he explained.