U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten, who are Traverse City home owners, spent Halloween in the hospital. The two adopted twins Joseph August and Penelope Rose in August. Sadly, their 2-month-old, Joseph August, whom the Buttigieg’s call Gus, had an undisclosed ailment that caused him to spend some time at the hospital Sunday.
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“Gus has been having a rough go of it, but we’re headed in the right direction,” Chasten, a native Michigander, said in an Instagram post. “We’re so thankful for all of the love and support shown to our family these last few months. And also, for the dedicated and kind medical professionals who have helped take care of our two little pumpkins as they’ve grown stronger, healthier, and cuter.”
Pete made history in the 2020 primary. After dropping out of the presidential campaign and endorsing President Joe Biden, he became the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate. Since then, he has been making headlines left and right for what he represents. The most recent story has been his decision to take paternity leave, a decision he stands by.
“When somebody welcomes a new child into their family and goes on leave to take care of that child, that’s not a vacation, it’s work, it’s joyful, wonderful, fulfilling work, but it is work,” Buttigieg said last month on “Meet the Press.”