|Mayor Pete Buttigieg|
A few weeks back, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced in a newspaper op/ed that he was gay. Initially, he received almost universal praise for his bravery and his decision to reveal his sexuality. It's not easy to do for someone let alone when you are running one of Indiana's largest cities and in the middle of a reelection run.
A few days later a group identifying itself as the South Bend Leadership Coalition put on its tinfoil hat and started dreaming up conspiracy theories.
I mean...Buttigieg is gay, so he MUST be in cahoots with that gay agenda of "Wall Street and Hollywood" to destroy South Bend. I'm just joking, right? Nope. That's what they think.
The laughable leader of the motley crew, Dr. E. Michael Jones accused the Mayor of many things from corruption to deception to immorality. Here's Dr. Jones' manifesto if you wish to read it. There's a pretty comical video at the bottom where Jones loses his mind (Hint: he thinks gay people are "defective"). Dr. Jones believes that Buttigieg's announcement is a sign that he's ... you know what ... who cares? Read the link if you want to see it.
Most disrespectfully, in my view, Dr. Jones believes that Buttigieg's sexual orientation somehow affects his ability to run the city. That being gay somehow makes you unable to do your job.
Listen. Anyone can get a crowd at a news conference, and the SBLC did. On Monday night, they took their complaints to the South Bend City Council meeting and got more media. The good news is that Mayor Buttigieg's supporters came out to back him, too.
To his credit, Buttigieg has never dignified the group with any kind of response. He knows they are a group on the margin of society. It's beneath him to even waste his breath responding, and he knows it. It's still sad that the Mayor of South Bend has to put up with this kind of disrespect, but it comes with the territory I suppose.
What I do know is that Pete Buttigieg conducts himself with intelligence, with class, and with excellence. He's been a great Mayor of South Bend, and he's going to be reelected whether Dr. Jones likes it or not.