Lightfoot asked the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, “Shouldn’t you break that NDA (with McKinsey and Company), so that you have the moral authority and the high ground against somebody like (President Donald) Trump, who hides behind the lack of transparency to justify everything he’s doing?”
The release came after some of Buttigieg’s presidential opponents also called on him to be more transparent about his time at the firm as some of McKinsey’s work for the federal government, including for Immigration and Customs Enforcement on projects along the US-Mexico border, drew increased scrutiny this month.
“I’ve pushed as much information as I can, without breaking the promise that I made in writing,” Buttigieg told Lightfoot. “And I am asking my former employer to do the right thing, to not make me choose between claiming the moral high ground and going back on my word.”
Lightfoot, however, seemed skeptical. “But they’re not going to do that, right? And NDAs are, courts across the land have said that they’re not enforceable, you should break the NDA.”
For his part, Buttigieg, said, “I’m going to give them a chance to do the right thing, and then we’ll take it from there.”
Later, Lightfoot told reporters that while “Pete is, as you saw, a really tough smart, thoughtful guy who’s taking the experience that he has as the mayor of South Bend and elevating that to what the solutions can be on a national level,” she’s concerned an NDA could hurt him in a general election fight against Trump.
“The fact of the matter is, it’s going to be a brutal nasty general election campaign, and anybody who thinks that Donald Trump isn’t going to fight hard, and in the mud on every issue is fooling themselves,” Lightfoot told reporters in Iowa. “And when you’ve got an issue that he’s going to equate to his issue, you got to figure out how to deal with it.”