Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Glezman appear on Time cover as "First Family"

Buttigieg, four years after the US Supreme Court affirmed his right to marry, has become the first openly gay contender to make a serious bid for the presidency in 2020 polls.


                            Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Glezman appear on Time cover as "First Family"

The Time magazine has featured the Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Glezman on its May 13 cover with the headline "First Family." The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has catapulted to the list of top Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential poll in just the past few months.

Buttigieg, four years after the US Supreme Court affirmed his right to marry, has become the first openly gay contender to make a serious bid for the presidency in 2020 polls, standing out among over 20 Democratic hopefuls.

The small town mayor, from near obscurity a few months ago, has vaulted toward the front of the Democratic pack. Latest polls state that he is ranking ahead of the political stars in the candidate list including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris. 

The 37-year-old, the youngest person to bid for the presidency, is only behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Democratic field, so far, includes six Senators, four Congressmen, two governors, and a former Vice ­President.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg pictured with his husband Chasten on Time's cover. (Time )

 

His dramatic popularity has many Republicans concerned. Right-wing provocateur Jacob Wohl even went to the length of attempting to fabricate sexual-­assault allegations against Buttigieg in an attempt to slow down his soaring campaign. 

Time, in its piece on the Indiana mayor, stated that his rise has also raised doubts about his manner as “a healer, not a fighter, at a moment when the party seems to be in a fighting mood.” “People already have a leader who screams and yells,” Buttigieg told Time in response, “How do you think that’s working out for us?" taking a dig at President Donald Trump.

Democratic Presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attends a campaign stop at Stonyfield Farms on April 19, 2019 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Getty Images)

 

The outlet also mentioned the mayor's married life in the piece, stating Buttigieg does the dishes at home, plus the laundry and garbage while his husband Chasten takes care of the dogs, the kitchen and shopping.

A Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan veteran, Buttigieg is aiming to become the first openly gay president of the United States. 

The devout Christian, who can speak seven different languages, formally announced his candidacy on April 14 and presented a progressive message directed towards millennials, saying "We can't look for greatness in the past." The Harvard and Oxford-educated 37-year-old has already raised $7 million for his campaign.

His signature policy is to do away with the electoral college in the American political system and to radically overhaul the Supreme Court.