On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden made his decide 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 obtained 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 main rival of Mr. Biden, the 38-year-old goes to change into the youngest member of the cupboard. And whereas Buttigieg has no skilled expertise within the transportation sector, he stated:

BUTTIGIEG: I confronted a relentless 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.

In keeping with numerous reports from throughout the political spectrum, the roads in South Bend had been so terrible that the residents petitioned Domino’s Pizza to take a look at giving the town $5,000 by way of their “Paving for Pizza” program. The pizza chain chosen one locality per state every year, and South Bend was awarded the grant in 2019.

 

 

In keeping with reporting from the South Bend Tribune, from nearly a yr earlier than getting the pizza cash, “Potholes round South Bend may be worst in current reminiscence.” The roads had been apparently so horrible below Buttigieg’s watch that restore retailers noticed an enormous improve in broken vehicles and suspension issues:

 “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” stated 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 stated the pothole drawback resulted in six figures of further enterprise again for Zolman Tire & Auto Restore over the past dangerous 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 stated about 300 folks have visited his retailers in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger and Niles over the previous week. Many 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 “street enhancements.” And apparently, after placing in some calls to the correct folks, Buttigieg’s workers managed to get engineers to place 0.2 miles of street in entrance of his home on the record 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 workers Angela Kouters expressed concern that Buttigieg’s residence wouldn’t profit from street upkeep,” The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier this yr.

Ignoring all of that lack of expertise and mismanagement, O’Keefe urged that if Senate Republicans selected to dam Buttigieg’s nomination it could 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 “broaden” 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 stated 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 obtained a imaginative and prescient of a subsequent technology chief.

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

PETE BUTTIGIEG: I confronted a relentless 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. Immediately he recalled being a teen, 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 may 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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