Dem Mayor Facing Child Porn Charges Claimed Buttigieg Was His Mentor

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Thursday’s child pornography-related charges against the Maryland mayor were brought up by President Biden, who has previously described Pete Buttigieg, Transportation Secretary, as his mentor.

Patrick Wojahn, the Mayor of College Park, Maryland, resigned Wednesday night before being taken into custody by Prince George’s County Police on Thursday for 40 counts of child pornography possession and 16 counts of distribution.

Wojahn was a Democrat and stated in his resignation letter that he would cooperate with law enforcement and didn’t want to be a distraction.

He also attended two other White House events, including a “Pride Month Reception”, which featured a signing of an Executive Order to Advance LGBTQI+ Individuals” and a celebration of the passage of The Inflation Reduction Act.

Wojahn also made three additional visits to the White House in December 2022, and January 2023. These visits will not be published on the White House site until March 30 or April 30. He posted photos of the White House interior on December 11, including Christmas decorations, with a caption reading, “Happy holidays!” I enjoyed the chance to see the beautiful ‘We the People” holiday decorations tonight and to celebrate the season! He was also tagged on Instagram in another post, revealing that he was there when Biden signed Respect for Marriage Act on Dec. 13.

The January 2023 visit was on Jan. 20 and included the United States Conference of Mayors. White House officials praised “historic investment in cities” during this visit. Wojahn’s tweet shows several top Biden administration officials, such as Gene Sperling, Biden’s senior advisor.

He has posted photos with several Democratic lawmakers via social media including former DNC chair Tom Perez, Buttigieg, and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Wojahn, in a September 2020 Instagram posting, thanked President Biden and showed a photo of a Zoom conference that Biden was leading along with the United States Conference of Mayors. He tweeted his praises for Biden’s American Rescue Plan in January 2022 and stated, “It has already been making a difference to the lives of many people by enabling me to provide relief to residents who are in need and support local business owners.”

He added, “And it will assist us in making critical infrastructure investments.” Without Biden’s leadership, this would not have been possible.

Wojahn is also a mentee political of Buttigieg. Wojahn mentioned their friendship in a Washington Blade interview.

“I met Mayor Pete Buttigieg right after I was elected mayor in 2015. ” We met at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter in D.C..”

They met up and chatted regularly on the phone. Buttigieg also gave Wojahn tips about what to expect at the mayoral conference.

They would again meet at an Obama White House reception following the conference, where Wojahn’s husband Dave Kolesar would meet Chasten. Buttigieg would mentor Wojahn throughout the conference.

Wojahn stated that he mentored him and now I serve as the vice chair for city livability and bicycling, in a leadership position.

According to the Federal Election Commission website, Wojahn also donated thousands to Democratic candidates and committees. This includes $200 to Biden’s 2020 campaign and $500 to Raskin’s House campaign in 2016. $250 to Buttigieg’s Win the EraPAC and more than $1,000 to the Obama campaign and Hillary Clinton campaigns.

A spokesperson for the White House stated that they could not comment on an active criminal case.