Mayor Pete’s Biggest Fan

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I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU:  A Memoir
by Chasten Buttigieg
Atria Books. 242 pages, $27.

 

           One of the funniest passages in I Have Something To Tell You is when Chasten recalls critics charging that he and Pete simply weren’t “gay” enough. The author sounds incredulous, predictably enough, but here he misses an opportunity to consider this question in a larger context. For example, where does Chasten see the fight for LGBT rights going in the next four years? There’s also scant discussion of one of the chief criticisms of the political candidate—dubbed “Mayo Pete” by detractors—for what some saw as his tone deafness on racial issues. These points are also left unexplored.
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