Chasten Buttigieg said he’s often mistaken for husband Pete Buttigieg’s dog walker

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Pete (left) and Chasten Buttigieg. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images
  • In an interview with the New York Times, Chasten Buttigieg spoke about his political spouse role.
  • He said he’s often mistaken for Pete Buttigieg’s dog walker.
  • When people ask what it’s like to walk Pete’s dogs, he replies, “It’s a living.”
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Chasten Buttigieg was a teacher in Indiana before quitting his job to support his husband Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. But these days, with Pete serving as transportation secretary, he’s often mistaken as a member of his spouse’s staff.

In a New York Times interview published Friday, Chasten told White House correspondent Katie Rogers that when he takes their two dogs out while his husband works, people think he’s Pete’s dog walker. People even ask him what it’s like to walk Pete Buttigieg’s dogs, to which he replies, “It’s a living.”

He’s still settling into his role as a political spouse, adapting his memoir “I Have Something to Tell You” for younger readers and considering returning to the classroom.

Chasten and Pete Buttigieg in their South Bend, Indiana home.
Chasten and Pete Buttigieg with dogs Truman and Buddy in their former South Bend, Indiana, home. The Washington Post/Getty Images

“Pete is getting up in the morning, going to work and doing the thing that makes him really happy,” he told the New York Times. “That thing for me was getting up and going to school every day. Now I have to figure out if that is something I can return to.”

Luckily, he’s found support in his friend and fellow political spouse Doug Emhoff, who is married to Vice President Kamala Harris. The two were spotted earlier this month catching up over coffee.

“Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and check in with somebody,” he said of their outing.