PALM SPRINGS — South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, will be in this community for a fundraiser on Nov. 15, Uken Report has confirmed.

Details regarding time and location are pending.

Rich Weissman, director of The Richard Norris Weissman Charitable Fund, and his husband, J.D. hosted about 200 people at their Palm Springs home last Sunday evening, Oct. 20, for the kick-off of the PS for Pete campaign. Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors and Councilmember Lisa Middleton both eloquently spoke and encouraged us to work hard on this campaign, Weissman said.

Lots of people signed up to volunteer for local teams, and we have put the Palm Springs and Coachella Valley area on the “Pete map.” Weissman said.

Weissman, who also has a home in San Francisco, said he got involved in San Francisco for Pete Buttigieg effort and decided to use that city as a model to help create a similar effort in Palm Springs.

“Palm Springs is a place where we can some serious money,” Weissman said.

Weissman, a social scientist, statistician, former writer for Huffington Post. said he began evaluating candidates and studying patterns among Democratic candidates that have won since Truman. All of the victors had five factors/characteristics.

We can agree that “electability” is the single most important factor for the Democratic nominee in the 2020 Presidential race to defeat Trump-Pence, Weissman said. But what determines electability? That’s where is analysis comes in and the five factors he outlines in his blog.

  1. First, they were young at the time of their election, representing the new generation at that time.
  2. Second (listen to this – it’s interesting), they had never run for the office of President in a primary or in a general Presidential election before.
  3. Third, each one represented some new demographic of the American population that had yet to become President and was questioned at the time.
  4. Fourth, each of the candidate’s spouses also stood out with their own agenda for change independent of the candidate, unlike the traditional and quiet GOP or other Democratic contenders’ spouses.
  5. Finally, each of the candidates was good-looking, calm in demeanor, and exquisitely eloquent.

“This is the guy,” Weissman said. “This is the guy because he can win.”

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is building momentum in Iowa, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll. Of likely caucus-goers, 20% said Buttigieg is their top choice among the field of Democratic presidential candidates. That moves him to second in the poll – up from fourth in September – just behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren who maintained her lead at 28%, according to the Iowa State University News Service.

“I am tired of the hatred,” Weissman said. “I am tired of a divided country. I want to wake up in mid-November 2020 and breathe a sigh of relief.”

Phillip Moore of Rancho Mirage created a Palm Springs for Pete Buttigieg 2020 Facebook page and has been involved in getting a contingent in Palm Springs Pride Parade.

“It’s happening,” Moore said of Mayor Pete coming to Palm Springs. “It’s all coming to fruition.”



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