Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign has retaliated to calls of Sound Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign about transparency in the campaigns for 2020 elections. On Sunday, Warren released the information of her previous legal work and the earnings she made.
According to the disclosed information by Sen. Warren, she has received about $2 million as compensation from multiple clients from her role as counsel, consultant, and expert witness in the legal field.
One of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls, Elizabeth Warren has continuously called for complete transparency in the presidential campaigns. She was the first candidate to release tax details of the past 11 years in April and asked other candidates to do the same.
Warren released the details after Buttigieg, on Saturday, asked her to disclose older tax documents giving detailed information about her corporate legal work.
However, with this move, the ball is once again in Buttigieg’s court, forcing him to release the details of his private donor events and his past work at consultation firm McKinsey & Co.
The move might make things worse for Buttigieg, who is currently under scrutiny for a series of multiple controversies ranging from appearance at anti-gay Salvation Army to controversial comments about minority and low-income students.
Moreover, during a press release on Friday in Waterloo, Buttigieg avoided citing reason for not allowing press at his private fundraisers.
Following the release of her earnings, Warren’s campaign might experience a boost after having the lowest support in four months. However, the same cannot be said for Buttigieg’s campaign due to the lead he has been maintaining.
Apart from Warren, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also called out Buttigieg on his association with McKinsey & Co. Lightfoot, while interviewing Buttigieg on Friday, urged him to break the NDA to which Buttigieg said, “I’m going to give them a chance to do the right thing and then we’ll take it from there.”
Despite the recent events, there is still a bleak chance that Pete Buttigieg can strike back at Elizabeth Warren and stay away from the controversies, using his history as a veteran and candidature as an openly gay presidential candidate.
Moreover, his rising popularity with the masses, especially the elderly, who consider him “truthful”, can also help him repair the damages that came along the controversies.
With multiple uncertainties surrounding the Democratic presidential race, the upcoming sixth Democratic debate will be the real judge between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.