Dec 11, 2019 - Economy & Business

Buttigieg says he doubts his consulting work led to insurer's layoffs

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to Iowa voters at a campaign event December 08
Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told MSNBC's "'The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday night that he doubts his McKinsey & Company consulting work with health insurer client Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan led to layoffs after he left.

Why it matters: The Southbend mayor has faced scrutiny from other 2020 candidates and liberal activists in recent weeks over his work for McKinsey & Company.

  • A ProPublica report this month, headlined "How McKinsey helped the Trump administration detain and deport immigrants," raised further concerns about the company. Buttigieg says he "never worked on a project" inconsistent with his values.

The big picture: With McKinsey's permission, Buttigieg released his client list Tuesday evening from his time working at the company, from 2007 to 2010, as part of a larger push for transparency.

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