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Jan 15, 2023 Andrew Perez
Beltway news outlets and consultants think it’s weird to scrutinize the Transportation Secretary, simply because he could run for office again one day.
LEVER WEEKLY: Heckuva Job, Pete

This is Lever Weekly, a recap of our work from the past week. If you only read one email from us all week, this should be it.

Below you will find a breakdown of our reporting, podcasts, videos, and live events — a feature now open to all subscribers. Following that, we are providing paid subscribers with an original column, written by a member of The Lever, connecting the dots on our coverage to deliver important takeaways.

In this week’s column, exclusively for paid subscribers, Andrew Perez explores the selfish reasons why Washington news outlets and Democratic consultants can’t accept much-needed scrutiny of Pete Buttigieg’s performance as the nation’s top transportation regulator.

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Not All Crypto Bros (This Is Hell) — Lever contributor Esmé von Hoffman talks with Chuck Mertz about her recent article “I Heard it was Safe.”

Heckuva Job, Pete

By Andrew Perez

As the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg’s job is to oversee the U.S. transportation system, including as the nation’s top airline regulator. He was selected for the job not because of his experience, but because he ran for president and is seen as a future candidate for higher office.

As a result, all scrutiny of Buttigieg’s increasingly disastrous record as the nation’s transportation czar is now being treated in Washington as an attack on a political rival — and Democratic consultants who might want a role on a future Buttigieg campaign are stepping up to lavish praise on the guy.

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