Former Common Council President to Mayor Pete: ‘Resign’

Washington Free Beacon | 6/25/2019 | Nic Rowan
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BY: Nic Rowan

After the fallout from a recent police shooting unleashed turmoil on South Bend, former Common Council president Derek Dieter has a message for Mayor Pete Buttigieg: "resign."

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"Because of Pete's selfishness, in my opinion, he is still the mayor," Dieter told the Washington Free Beacon. Dieter explained that if Buttigieg were to resign, a provisional mayor would be chosen in a caucus by city precinct leaders. A new mayor, Dieter said, would be able to devote greater attention to South Bend than Buttigieg as he is running for president.

"To me, it doesn’t make sense. If you're running for president, that's a lot of pressure, you got to be on the road," Dieter said. "Everything that happens in South Bend shouldn't be on your mind. You should be concentrating on running for president. So, I'm adamant that he should resign as mayor."

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Dieter's comments come after Buttigieg's most recent scandal, in which a white police officer shot and killed a black man on June 16. It is the latest in a series of race-related scandals that have plagued Buttigieg since he took office in 2012.

Dieter added that he has "no problem" with Buttigieg running for president, but he would like the mayor to admit that he has been unable to govern South Bend and run a campaign at the same time.

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"If you're going to be running for president, that is a tremendous responsibility to do," Dieter said. "And if you've made a decision to do that, I think at the end of the day, South Bend has to be in your rear view mirror."

As Common Council president, Dieter frequently clashed with the Buttigieg administration, particularly on matters related to the police department. A former police officer, Dieter opposed Buttigieg's appointment of Ron Teachman as police chief in 2012, after Buttigieg...
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