They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Feed him well and you’ll have his undying devotion. Well, it was just a matter of time before political strategists weaponized this old adage in hopes that hearts=votes.
For anyone that knows me, its no secret that I’m left-leaning in my political views. Except for a few rare local elections, I have not and will not vote Republican for much the same reason I don’t order from Papa Johns: I have standards.
Its no surprise, then, how I reacted when I recently saw a Facebook ad from a PAC supporting Pete Buttigieg sponsoring a “Pizza with Pete” contest:
TAKE MY VOTE, PLEASE!!!
Now, lest you think I’m so completely shallow as to allow a favorite food to dictate my vote:
- Mayor Pete was already at the top of my list
- Who am I kidding…I am actually that shallow
Honestly, though…a candidate that is mild-mannered, well-spoken, diplomatic, educated on the issues, AND an unashamed pizza lover to boot?!?
SERIOUSLY…TAKE ALL MY VOTES!!!
Hell, Pete could have sealed the deal had he just released the photo above, simply posing with a hot pie. Contest be damned!
Bonus points for going with the tavern-style pizza (thin, crispy crust, square-cut) popular throughout the Midwest in lieu of the overhyped deep-dish nonsense most would expect.
Of course, plying me with pizza is a great way to earn my support, but my final vote isn’t cast until the ultimate test is passed: fork or no fork.
Choose wisely, Mayor Pete. America is watching.