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Politics The left nukes Buttigieg over McKinsey work

09:55  12 december  2019
09:55  12 december  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Hours after Pete Buttigieg released his list of clients at McKinsey , the left already had a nickname teed up for him: “Pete Romney.” There have long been whispers about Buttigieg ’s past work for the behemoth business consultant, which has recently come under fire for allegedly helping boost

Buttigieg has said he can’t discuss his work for McKinsey because he signed a nondisclosure agreement. But that answer is proving problematic Buttigieg — who got a question about McKinsey at three of his six public events in the state this week — was confronted by one of them at a packed

Hours after Pete Buttigieg released his list of clients at McKinsey, the left already had a nickname teed up for him: “Pete Romney.”

Peter Buttigieg et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.© Win McNamee/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

For months, progressive activists and operatives have been itching to take down the mayor of South Bend, who has risen in early-state polls as he’s slammed Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders’ plans for single-payer health care and free college, and pushed a more moderate agenda. There have long been whispers about Buttigieg’s past work for the behemoth business consultant, which has recently come under fire for allegedly helping boost OxyContin sales and supporting authoritarian regimes in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and China.

When Pete Buttigieg Was One of McKinsey’s ‘Whiz Kids’

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Buttigieg left McKinsey in 2010 to pursue elected office, mounting a failed bid for Indiana state treasurer before becoming the mayor of South Bend in 2012. As part of his work advising various businesses and government agencies, Buttigieg completed a six-month assignment in Toronto in

Buttigieg worked with ten clients, including Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and several government agencies. Buttigieg told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Tuesday night that the non-disclosure agreement left him torn, and "it put me in this position where I felt like I had to choose

But it wasn’t until Buttigieg unveiled details this week about the clients he served that progressives pounced. Warren and Sanders’ allies are seizing on the fact that he did work for the health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which laid off hundreds of workers after retaining McKinsey, to paint Buttigieg as unelectable.

“He’s not going to win Michigan,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born member of Congress’ so-called “Squad” who has endorsed Sanders. “Michigan wants someone who doesn't take corporate money and isn't bowing to corporations. Somebody who comes from corporate industry in that way, I'm not sure they're going to understand the impact of some of those policies they advocated for in the past.”

Buttigieg Shares Some Details About His McKinsey Work But Stays Mum On Clients

  Buttigieg Shares Some Details About His McKinsey Work But Stays Mum On Clients Pete Buttigieg released an overview of his work at the controversial consulting firm McKinsey & Co. on Friday evening after coming under fire for keeping the details of his time there a secret. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor who is campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination also publicly called on McKinsey to release him from a nondisclosure agreement about his work there from 2007 to 2010 and allow him to name the clients he worked with during that time.“I am today reiterating my request that McKinsey release me from this agreement, and I again make clear that I authorize them to release the full list of clients I was assigned to serve,” he said.

Mr. Buttigieg will also open his fund-raisers to the press and identify people raising money for his campaign, in a significant concession from a candidate facing pressure over transparency. His silence about his work for McKinsey , a firm distrusted by many on the left , has handed fodder to

Pete Buttigieg is under fire for his work at consulting firm McKinsey . Buttigieg has been under Now, the names are out and it's not good for Buttigieg . The left already had a nickname teed up for They are seizing on the fact that he did work for the health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of

To Buttigieg’s supporters, the assault is more than a stretch: They’ve argued that he was just a junior staffer at the time and stopped consulting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2007, well before it cut jobs. Still, in a political climate where lawmakers and presidential candidates routinely invoke health insurers as evil vultures preying on sick Americans, the left found its opening.

“These attacks are false and irresponsible,” said Sean Savett, rapid response communications director for Buttigieg. “Pete’s work at Blue Cross Blue Shield consisted of three months of analyzing overhead expenditures — things like rent, utilities, and travel costs. His scope of work did not involve policies, premiums, or benefits. This was his first client study, so it largely involved on-the-job training to develop skills using spreadsheets and presentation software.”

Buttigieg has long argued that Sanders and Warren’s eat-the-rich message is “not unifying” and raised concerns about how policies such as free college would play in a general election. But by highlighting Buttigieg’s time advising the insurer to cast doubt on his ability to defeat Trump, progressives see a chance to take one of the young candidate’s main critiques of his left-wing rivals and train it back on him.

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. For several years, Pete Buttigieg has asked for our attention, and at last he has it. In 2017, the two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, campaigned to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released a list of clients he worked with during his time at global consulting powerhouse McKinsey & Company, with clients ranging from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to the U.S.

“If you helped a health insurance company lay off people in Michigan, Donald Trump is going to have a field day. Period,” said Adam Jentleson, a Democratic strategist with ties to the Warren campaign. “He likes to focus on questions of electability, and this is fatal in terms of electability.”

The attacks — which tend to frame his work in disqualifying terms — signal the degree to which progressives view Buttigieg as a threat to the most ambitious parts of their policy agenda. He has run TV ads in Iowa criticizing Medicare for All and free college, and taken jabs at Warren for weeks. But even after the respected Des Moines Register poll showed him ahead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state in November, his rivals for the most part didn’t lay a finger on him.

That grace period in the primary is over: Buttigieg was forced to release his client list and make his fundraisers public this week after Warren criticized him for not being transparent. Sanders also criticized Buttigieg Tuesday in an Instagram video — an unusual step for Sanders — where he said Buttigieg’s shots at his free college proposal are “not accurate.” In addition, Sanders ribbed him for suggesting that the Vermont senator has “been too easy on upper-income people and the millionaires and billionaires” because Buttigieg has argued that the benefit shouldn’t be available to children of the wealthy.

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In his statement, Mr. Buttigieg said much of his work at McKinsey , including the names of clients served, is covered under a confidentiality agreement he signed when he started working at the firm. “I am today reiterating my request that McKinsey release me from this agreement, and I again make

The scrutiny over Buttigieg ’s work comes amid a recent ProPublica report that McKinsey advised the Trump administration on its immigration policy, including proposing cost-saving measures, such as cuts in food and medical care for detainees, that made some Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Shortly after Buttigieg unveiled his client list on Tuesday, the progressive group New York Communities for Change organized a protest outside of one of his ritzy fundraisers in New York City. One activist’s sign read “Wall Street Pete.” The group, part of a coalition that has endorsed Sanders, is planning a second “emergency” protest at another Buttigieg fundraiser on Wednesday.

Murshed Zaheed, a former Harry Reid aide who is backing Warren, has taken to calling him “Pete Romney”: “Pete sort of invokes those soulless, white-collar, elitist D.C. politicians … They sort of paint themselves as whiz kids, but deep down they are essentially soulless, heartless technocrats for corporations who are just here to maximize profit.”

Staff on rival campaigns have also weighed in with clear attacks. “Some of the most prominent people who have been publicly attacking Medicare for All often seem to have direct ties to the health insurance industry that makes large profits off the current corporate system,” David Sirota, Sanders’ speechwriter, tweeted on Tuesday.

Like many Democratic 2020 hopefuls, Buttigieg had previously made positive remarks about Medicare for All before backing away from the plan. Last year, he tweeted: "I, Pete Buttigieg, politician, do henceforth and forthwith declare, most affirmatively and indubitably, unto the ages, that I do favor Medicare for All."

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Earlier this year, however, he released his own competing plan he branded "Medicare for All who want it” — an optional public insurance model that would continue to charge patients premiums and fall short of full universal coverage.

At the same time, Buttigieg has ramped up his attacks on the single-payer model Sanders and Warren advocate, saying it would be too costly for taxpayers and strip Americans of their choice of insurance. In September, he began to cut ads going after the plan: “I trust the American people to make their health care decisions for themselves," one read.

Amid the backlash to the news of his work for Blue Cross Blue Shield before the company downsized, Buttigieg attempted to shift the spotlight to the jobs impact of Medicare for All — which would largely abolish the private insurance industry and ripple throughout the health care world, getting rid of the jobs of an estimated 1.8 million people. Warren and Sanders have proposed assistance to help those workers who are displaced by Medicare for All.

Asked if his work led to layoffs on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night, he said, “I doubt it. I don’t know what happened in the time after I left — that was in 2007 — when they decided to shrink in 2009.”

Then he added: “What I do know is that there are some voices in the Democratic primary right now who are calling for a policy that would eliminate the job of every single American working at every single insurance company in the country.”

But Medicare for All supporters who had become increasingly frustrated with Buttigieg’s rhetoric around single-payer say he shouldn’t be allowed to dodge questions about his past work for the health insurance industry and how it may inform his current positions.

"It certainly explains a lot," quipped Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the lead author of the House Medicare for All bill who has argued vigorously against public option proposals like the one pushed by Buttigieg.

"I think he has a duty, if he wants to be a unifying Democratic presidential candidate, to really think about the criticism of his industry talking points against a movement that has over three-quarters of the Democratic Party on board and also a significant number of Independents in swing states. For him to parrot these industry talking points is a huge disservice and it's not, I think, the mark of a unifying president.”

And, in response to the campaign’s argument that Buttigieg was a lowly number-cruncher for McKinsey rather than a mastermind, critics point out that he touted the job as part of his political biography in the past, and argue the junior nature of the work is another reason he isn’t qualified to occupy the Oval Office.

“If that’s their argument — that 10 years ago he was a 25-year-old doing PowerPoints — then he has no business running for office,” said Zaheed.

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