Where’s Pete?: Transportation Secretary MIA During Shipping Crisis

(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) During a historic worldwide supply-chain crisis that is largely the result of inadequate shipping needs, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is nowhere to be found.

As Politico reports, “Pete Buttigieg has been MIA.”

The “mission” of the Transportation Secretary, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, is “to ensure America has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which boosts our economic productivity and global competitiveness and enhances the quality of life in communities both rural and urban.”

So where is the erstwhile “Mayor Pete”?

Politico reporters Alex Thompson and Tina Sfondeles tracked down a DOT spokesman to learn that the new father had been granted previously unannounced paid parental leave.

“They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.”