Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is scheduled to hold a series of events in the Los Angeles area Tuesday as part of a California fundraising swing for his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The only event the campaign would confirm is what it billed as a “grassroots fundraising event” at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub.
Buttigieg will be “doing a few things, fundraisers and otherwise, around town,” Chris Meagher, his campaign’s national press secretary, told City News Service.
The entertainment website Deadline reported that Buttigieg would conduct a fundraiser at the home of attorney Steve Warren and Johnnie Ingram with tickets starting at $1,500 per person.
Buttigieg is also scheduled to conduct fundraisers Tuesday in Berkeley and San Francisco. He held fundraisers Monday in San Jose and San Francisco.
The Republican National Committee has branded Buttigieg as “Elite Pete,” claiming he is “much more comfortable rubbing elbows with the coastal elite and taking private jets around the country than standing up for hardworking Americans. Buttigieg’s policies would expand government programs while destroying blue collar jobs, taxing Californians’ hard earned money to pay for it.”
There was no immediate response from the Buttigieg campaign to the Republican National Committee criticism.
In May, President Donald Trump referred to Buttigieg in a tweet as “Alfred E. Newman,” a misspelling of Alfred E. Neuman, the perennial cover boy of the humor magazine Mad, and predicted he “will never be President.”
Said Buttigieg: “I had to Google that.”