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The husband of US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appears less enthusiastic about having to pay off student loans.
Chasten Buttigieg, who recently became a parent of newborn twins with the Secretary of Transportation, posted a screenshot on Instagram on Saturday notifying that his student loan forgiveness from the COVID-19 pandemic will expire January 31, 2022.
BUTTIGIEG, her husband sloppy sarcasm for complaining about the high rent in the capital
“Chasten, resuming your student loan payments after January 31, 2022,” the notice read, according to screenshots posted by Michael Stratford of Politico. You will soon receive a bill from your student loan agent.
“No lol, thank you happy birthday next,” Chasten commented on the post.
Stratford predicted that “Chasten does not appear to be impressed with Biden’s administrative plan to repay student loan payments next month.”
“These are the guys who complained that they couldn’t afford the rent in D.C. on a $220,000 house salary (and all their money came from writing books),” Republican strategist Matt Whitlock commented. “A good reminder that the Left’s goal of ‘cancelling student loan debt’ will greatly help financially comfortable people.”
Chasten faced ridicule in July after he complained about rent prices in Washington, D.C., claiming he and his wife “couldn’t” afford anything bigger than a one-bedroom apartment.
The Secretary of Transportation’s salary is $221,400 and Chasten is a part-time drama teacher. In addition to their D.C. apartment, the couple own a home on Lake Michigan in Traverse City, which they bought this year after selling their South Bend home, the Washington Post reported at the time.
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Commentators on both sides of the political aisle ridiculed Buttigieg at the time, adding that most Americans do not enjoy the luxury of having two homes.
“Imagine you are so remote from the real world that you are complaining that your $4,500-a-month apartment has no den,” Abigail Maron, press secretary to Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo. Tweet at that time. “Americans struggle to afford basic necessities thanks to #bidenflation but poor Pete and Chastain don’t get a den in his upscale building. Boo Hoo.”