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CBS Touts Buttigieg on Potholes, Hid How Domino’s Stepped In to Fill Some

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On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden made his choose for Transportation secretary official by nominating former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to the place. Totally downplaying his lack of {qualifications} for the job, CBS Night Information discovered humor in a Buttigieg quip about coping with potholes as mayor. However what they refused to reveal was how the roads in his city bought so horrible that the Domino’s Pizza chain needed to step in and partially pay to have them stuffed in.

Political correspondent and Biden sentinel Ed O’Keefe was tickled however Buttigieg’s feedback on the transition announcement about battling potholes as mayor:

O’KEEFE: A former major rival of Mr. Biden, the 38-year-old goes to grow to be the youngest member of the cupboard. And whereas Buttigieg has no skilled expertise within the transportation sector, he mentioned:

BUTTIGIEG: I confronted a continuing battle with that pure enemy of all mayors, the pothole.

However in actuality, Buttigieg and his administration did a really poor job, and a doubtful one at that.

Based on numerous reports from throughout the political spectrum, the roads in South Bend have been so terrible that the residents petitioned Domino’s Pizza to have a look at giving the town $5,000 through their “Paving for Pizza” program. The pizza chain chosen one locality per state annually, and South Bend was awarded the grant in 2019.

 

 

Based on reporting from the South Bend Tribune, from nearly a yr earlier than getting the pizza cash, “Potholes round South Bend could be worst in current reminiscence.” The roads have been apparently so horrible underneath Buttigieg’s watch that restore retailers noticed a large improve in broken vehicles and suspension issues:

 “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” mentioned Wealthy Ferrara Jr., service supervisor at Rick’s Auten Street 66 in South Bend, including that one current day the station had 25 requires tow truck help for 8 a.m.

Zolman mentioned the pothole downside resulted in six figures of extra enterprise again for Zolman Tire & Auto Restore over the past unhealthy outbreak. He’s more likely to have much more enterprise this yr as the costs for tires, rims and labor have solely gone up.

Zolman mentioned about 300 folks have visited his retailers in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger and Niles over the previous week. A lot of the harm has hovered between $500 and $1,000, however some unlucky motorists have been hammered even worse with suspension harm.

There have been different reviews which famous South Bend allocated $90,000 annually to fill potholes and $1.49 million (in 2017) for normal “highway enhancements.” And apparently, after placing in some calls to the best folks, Buttigieg’s employees managed to get engineers to place 0.2 miles of highway in entrance of his home on the listing to be repaved, and it was prioritized. The repaving price residents $45,000.

“Although his avenue was not initially slated for repavement by the town in the summertime of 2017, emails obtained by means of a Freedom of Info Act request present that Buttigieg’s then-chief of employees Angela Kouters expressed concern that Buttigieg’s residence wouldn’t profit from highway upkeep,” The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier this yr.

Ignoring all of that lack of expertise and mismanagement, O’Keefe advised that if Senate Republicans selected to dam Buttigieg’s nomination it might be as a result of he was overtly homosexual.

That was the sound of CBS’s journalistic integrity bottoming out in a South Bend pothole.

The transcript is beneath, click on “increase” to learn:

CBS Night Information
December 16, 2020
6:42:33 p.m. Japanese

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ED O’KEEFE: President-elect Joe Biden mentioned his selection for transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg can be tasked with serving to get the nation again on its ft after the pandemic.

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN: He is bought a imaginative and prescient of a subsequent technology chief.

O’KEEFE: A former major rival of Mr. Biden, the 38-year-old goes to grow to be the youngest member of the cupboard. And whereas Buttigieg has no skilled expertise within the transportation sector, he mentioned:

PETE BUTTIGIEG: I confronted a continuing battle with that pure enemy of all mayors, the pothole.

O’KEEFE: Notably, Buttigieg can be the primary overtly homosexual man confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the cupboard. At present he recalled being an adolescent, watching as Republicans blocked one other homosexual man from serving in Invoice Clinton’s administration.

BUTTIGIEG: Twenty years later, I can not assist however consider a 17-year-old someplace who could be watching us proper now, any person who wonders whether or not and the place they belong on the planet. And even in their very own household.

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