Former Congressman & military leader who led DADT repeal endorses Pete Buttigieg

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy has endorsed out presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Murphy, who was instrumental in the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), also served as President Obama’s under secretary and acting secretary of the Army.

“In the summer of 2007, when American forces were mired in Iraq and our country was deeply divided at home, I announced my support for a young leader who promised change, looked to the future, and inspired America to meet its highest ideals,” Murphy wrote in an op-ed for the Military Times.

“As a first-term congressman from a historically Republican district — and the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress — I bucked the conventional wisdom and was the first member of the Pennsylvania delegation to endorse a young senator named Barack Obama.”

From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan for seven months in 2014. …

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