Kuster backs Buttigieg

Rep. Annie Kuster listens as former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Discussion on Women’s Economic Empowerment held at Colby-Sawyer College Oct. 25 in New London. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Calling him “the leader who can finally turn the page on the Trump presidency and bring our nation together,” Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), announced her endorsement of Pete Buttigieg for president of the United States on Wednesday, citing his ability to unify the country and his bold solutions to our greatest challenges. She is the first U.S. representative or senator from the Granite State to endorse a candidate.

Kuster, who serves citizens of New Hampshire’s Second District, will also serve as a national campaign co-chair of Pete For America along with and Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.).

“With our country so consumed by division, Pete Buttigieg is the leader who can finally turn the page on the Trump presidency and bring our nation together to usher in a new era where we finally solve our most urgent problems,” said Kuster. “We need a leader who recognizes that the office of the presidency has the power to bridge our differences — and Pete Buttigieg is that leader. Like Barack Obama before him, Pete is young, inspiring, brings fresh ideas to the table and is motivated to win. Pete has the courage to lead us to a better future. By building a coalition of progressive Democrats, independents and disaffected Republicans, Pete will win next November and lead our country to a brighter future for every American.”

Buttigieg was honored to have Kuster’s support.

“From working to tackle the opioid epidemic and increasing access to health care to honoring our pledge to our veterans and their families when they return home, Rep. Kuster has spent her career delivering results for New Hampshire families,” said Buttigieg. “At a time of so much dysfunction in Washington, Rep. Kuster has brought Americans together to improve the lives of her constituents. She represents the best of our politics and I’m honored to have her serve as our co-chair.”

Kuster, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, is scheduled to introduce Buttigieg at a town hall in Concord on Friday morning.

In other endorsements, local state Rep. Anita Burroughs (D-Bartlett) announced her support for Vice President Joe Biden.

“Now that Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has dropped out of the race, I am supporting Joe Biden for president because I believe he has the best shot at winning the presidency in 2020,” Burroughs announced on Facebook on Tuesday.

“Anita joins 11 additional new state representative endorsers in addition to the 22 who have already been rolled out, including N.H. Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff,” the Biden campaign shared in a release Tuesday.

Other local state reps, Ed Butler (D-Hart’s Location) and Harrison Kanzler (D-Conway), have endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Buttigieg, respectively.

Rep. Tom Buco (D-Conway) and Rep. Steve Woodcock (D-Conway) have not formally endorsed a candidate yet.

The New Hampshire Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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