Houlahan To Co-Host Buttigieg Fundraiser
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is set to have a fundraiser in Philadelphia and a freshman Democrat serving in the Philly suburbs is listed as one of the co-hosts.
Houlahan has not endorsed Buttigieg or any other presidential candidate, but Politico writes that her participation in the fundraiser is a “rare sign of interest for Buttigieg among members of Congress.”
Note on this invite for a Pete Buttigieg fundraiser later this month: Rep. CHRISSY HOULAHAN. pic.twitter.com/VjL1djY0qg
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) October 1, 2019
“Chrissy is looking forward to hearing from Mayor Pete about his vision for our country,” a spokesperson from Houlahan’s campaign said to PoliticsPA.
This is not the first fundraiser for a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate that Houlahan has lent her name to. A spokesperson from Houlahan’s campaign that she’s accepted invitations to serve as a co-host for fundraisers for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The spokesperson continued to say that Houlahan, as a member of the Democratic co-host committee in PA, has offered to lend her name and co-host fundraisers for a number of candidates as they make their case to Pennsylvanians and added that she is not participating in raising money for these candidates as the co-host title is an “honorary title.”
Houlahan is “excited about a number of candidates” according to the spokesperson and does not currently have a particular timetable of when she plans to endorse a candidate, while Sen. Bob Casey and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) have already formally endorsed Biden’s bid. Buttigieg’s largest endorsement coming from a Pennsylvania Democrat is former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Bucks).
Houlahan represents the lone county in the state that flipped from Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012 to Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016.