Multiple sources are reporting former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg may be tapped to serve in the Biden administration as U.S. Ambassador to China.
Why it matters: The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whom Biden has compared to his late son, Beau, played a key role in Biden’s nomination. Letting him deepen his foreign policy chops could boost Buttigieg’s future, since many inside the Democratic Party believe his return as a presidential candidate is a matter of when, not if.
Buttigieg electrified donors and rocketed to the top of the party, winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses earlier this year before dropping out to consolidate moderates’ support around Biden.
But finding a Cabinet position for him has been a challenge as the former VP focuses on nominating women and people of color to high-level posts.
China isn’t the only foreign post where Buttigieg, a polyglot, could end up — and his name remains under discussion for some domestic leadership positions as well.
Axios goes on to note that the China ambassadorship is general a post given to politicians in the mid-to-late point of their careers as an indication of respect to China.
If confirmed for the spot, Buttigieg would only be 39-years-old.
Mayor Pete is very smart, and has a broad perspective on foreign affairs. But, as a fan, my concern is that the China post would take him out of the public eye here in the U.S.
According to Axios, Buttigieg apparently was hoping to be ambassador to the United Nations which sounds like the perfect spot for him.
Others think it’s a good move for Mayor Pete.
A huge role that would give Mayor Pete the kind of standing that sets him up for a national role. A future Harris-Buttigieg ticket one day would not surprise me at all. https://t.co/d5CsvfOx0G
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) December 9, 2020
Grand strategy aside, think about what Pete Buttigieg as U.S. ambassador could mean for LGBTQ+ people in China who still live in the shadows
— Katerina Ang (@katerinareports) December 9, 2020
I think this would be a good landing for Pete.
VA is career death. Transportation and Commerce are meh.
Getting a top ambassadorship puts him on a George HW Bush-esque globe-trotting elder statesman path.
And Pete would be going China 11 years before Bush did. https://t.co/PvvL7qbpMQ
— Bill Scher (@billscher) December 9, 2020