Chasten Buttigieg’s brother said he and Pete Buttigieg “lost touch with reality” after complaining that they could barely afford to live in Washington DC despite making hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The income of the transport secretary has come under intense scrutiny after his husband… Washington Post the couple could only afford an 800 ft one-bedroom apartment — which the paper said was advertised for about $4500.
Ryhan Glezman, a pastor in Michigan, said his brother Chasten Buttigieg’s comments would upset Americans who have to survive on much less money.
“It saddens me to see my brother submit to the victim mentality that distorts your view of reality,” he said.
“Living with a victim mentality sucks the joy out of life and that’s what I see happening with these comments.
“If you make more than 200k a year selling books and feel like you can’t afford to live, you’ve lost touch with reality.”
Rhyan Glezman, a pastor in Michigan, said he was saddened by his brother Chasten Buttigieg’s comments, in which he claimed he and his husband could barely afford to live in Washington DC despite making hundreds of thousands of dollars. . “If you make over 200k a year selling books and feel like you can’t afford to live, you’ve lost touch with reality,” he said.
The husband of US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten, claims the couple cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment in Washington DC and says the city is “almost unaffordable.”
Buttigieg’s salary is $221,400 a year and Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed
Federal records show de Buttigieg made between $100,000 and $1 million from his “Shortest Way Home” memoir
Hundreds of people on Twitter agreed, pointing out that $4,500 would go a long way for a monthly rent.
Buttigieg earned much of his modest means during the Democratic presidential primaries. In December 2019, during a primary debate, he said, “You know, according to Forbes magazine, I’m literally the only person on this stage who isn’t a millionaire or a billionaire.”
His most recent financial data suggests that he has benefited greatly since then.
They show how the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made between $800,000 and $1.8 million in the two years before joining Biden’s administration.
Trust was published in October. Buttigieg received a $311,500 advance last year and said he expects two more payments this year jaar
Like other high-profile politicians, book royalties and advances provided most of his income.
His memoir, “Shortest Way Home,” published in 2019, brought in between $100,000 and $1 million in royalties.
In October, he published ‘Trust’, with an advance of $311,500.
In separate ethics files, he reports that he expects further prepayments in April and October this year, followed by more royalties if it sells well.
For hosting a podcast series on iHeart Radio titled “The Deciding Decade,” he reported a $150,000 “minimum guarantee payment.”
The filings also show a salary of $36,667 for a position at Notre Dame University that ran from June last year until he stepped down to become transportation secretary, and his $111,607 mayoral salary he received through January 2020.
All told, with TV appearances, other book licensing deals, and investment income, it makes for a tidy life.
Last month, Forbes estimated Buttigieg’s net worth at $750,000 — modest for many government officials and tempered by his student debts — but a big increase from his $100,000 net worth at the start of the campaign.
Chasten added that he was still adjusting to Washington and sometimes struggled with DC insider life to be invited to dinners and parties with lobbyists and lawmakers.
The submission also offers a hint at what his husband was paid for his 2020 memoir, “I Have Something to Tell You.” The document suggests it could earn the couple $50-100,000.
But in the recent interview about his life in Washington, DC, Chasten Buttigieg said the couple noticed their finances had been stretched.
“We couldn’t afford the one-bedroom plus the room,” he said of their choice of a one-bedroom apartment near Eastern Market.
Threats and a break-in to their home in South Bend led them to select a home for location and safety.
But that cost money in a building where two-bedroom apartments start at $5,650, even though Chasten said they had struck a deal for a $3,000-bedroom.
‘We’re doing well, and’ [yet] the city is almost priceless,” he said. “That tells you how incredibly unaffordable it is for a lot of people.”
The comments immediately provoked a response.
Conservatives and liberals scoffed at the idea that life in Washington required such a high price tag.
“Imagine being so far removed from the real world that you’re complaining that your $4,500-a-month apartment doesn’t have a den,” tweeted Abigail Marone, press secretary for branded Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
Americans struggle to pay for basic needs thanks to #bidenflation, but poor Pete & Chasten are not getting a hole in their high-end building. boo hoo.’
Chasten’s brother said the couple mismanaged their money and he was saddened by their prospects when he and his wife were happy living their modest lives of less than $100,000 a year.
“I think they’re doing just fine buying a house on Lake Michigan and remodeling their lake house at such high material costs right now,” he said.
What would the complaints look like if they got by on much less money?
“This is a victim mentality,” added Glezman, senior pastor at the Community Church of God in Clio, “that draws the wrong attention… especially when they are supposed to be working for the American people, who work so hard for much less.” money.
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in DC is $2,090 per month and $2,936 for a two-bedroom apartment, according to rental site Zumper.
The median salary of a resident of capital is $77,000 per year, according to Payscale.
Buttigieg’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed.
Chasten told the Post that earlier this year the couple sold their home in South Bend, Indiana, where Pete was mayor from 2012 to 2020.
Chasten also said the rent was less than $4,500 a month when they signed the lease at the beginning of the year.
They have signed a lease for the 800-square-foot pad for $3,000 with two months of free rent, the Post reported.
They still have a house on Lake Michigan in Traverse City, where Chasten grew up and his parents live.
Chasten now says they play “Zillow Price Is Right” and “try to guess out of range the value of the houses they admire and then look up the actual estimate online.”
He did admit that he sees the “charm” in DC and understands the “people who are deeply in love with this city.”
He added that he sometimes struggled with DC insider life to be invited to dinners and parties with lobbyists and lawmakers.
“It’s very hard to make a boyfriend when everyone wants something from your man,” he said. “Or they expect him to do something. It often makes interactions feel inauthentic. You just have to always be on your guard.’