When Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, Indiana, has a moment, so is his husband, 29-year-old Chasten Buttigieg. His sense of humor and his open-hearted honesty about his feelings was a hit in social media that increased his followers by tens of thousands in recent weeks and helped put "mayor Pete" on the millennial radar.
"What I love about him, and maybe what you love about him, is the same person, no matter if we fold laundry at home or if he stands in front of such a room full of supporters is exactly the same person, "said Buttigieg on Thursday night at a fundraiser in Washington for his husband.
"Your time in the closet and your journey to get out are yours, you do not have to open healed wounds or write long strings to explain your value to others who do not want to see it yourself." What Arrives First ", says Buttigieg Tweeted earlier this week.
Buttigieg, a high school teacher at a South Bend Montessori school, is now on leave to be named as a dutiful spouse of his wife's recognition and securing of the donations he needs to stay in a crowded race.
It can be a grueling role for a political novice like Buttigieg, with a crowded schedule to meet hundreds of strangers and spend days and nights blurring cities and towns in crucial constituencies. However, in his social media reports, Buttigieg seems to handle the often vulnerable position when countless people openly judge, praise and criticize him with good spirit and humor.
Pete Buttigieg told CNN's Van Jones last month that his man has rolled well with the ups and downs of constant traveling.
"(Chastening) was really alive, how we could use our visibility to help people, so that people just feel more comfortable when they show up at their event, things like that, and he takes the same attitude on the He's been traveling with me half the time and has definitely gotten more than he expected, "he said.
Chasten Buttigieg discussed the couple's first date four years ago at the Thursday fundraiser a few weeks after they met virtually in the dating app Hinge.
"I really saw it on our first date as we walked through the streets of South Bend, and we watched a South Bend Cubs game, the way it interacts with people, the way they relate to each other People caring to call this service, "said Buttigieg. "He stays up all the time, thinking and talking to himself, thinking," How can I change the world, how can I make it a better place?
The couple got married in June last year, and there were arcade games at the wedding party, the Kriffreifer (Pete & # 39; s favorite) and the Skeeball (Chastens Favorit).
Should Pete Buttigieg win the election, the Of course, the couple would still make history: the first married gay president and the first husband to be the first spouse.
Chasten Buttigieg, who will be speaking at a gala human rights campaign in Houston, Texas this weekend, seems to be his He still keeps the Twitter account for the couple's two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy, in the dog's invented voice, and he still thinks, too, of not revealing his new fame and not changing his Twitter habits after everything, from Taylor Swift songs to "walk-off" candidates, how his husband is at home and what gif best describes his emotional state, Buttigieg's Twitter persona He also helped him to land Mayor Pete, who was a fan.
Jones asked Pete Buttigieg what he thought about Chasten when he met her.
"He has this really quick joke," said Buttigieg. "You can see if you follow him on Twitter, you'll see what I mean."