Pete Buttigieg has a bridge to sell you. Just don’t ask if it’s linked to a campaign.

Which is a big reason that Buttigieg was standing on that bridge in New Hampshire, flanked by Democratic incumbents Rep. Annie Kuster and Sen. Maggie Hassan, as part of a six-state swing to personally award nearly $100 million in grants using the traditional prop of placards that look like large checks.

“We’re here with a little bit of wind at our back right now,” Buttigieg told those gathered, including local business owners and party grandees, as he also mentioned the administration’s other recent successes, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science law, and veterans’ burn pit care legislation.

Buttigieg’s blitz to sell one of Biden’s signature domestic victories comes just 10 weeks before the midterm election. In a stroke of fortuitous timing, Buttigieg’s department doled out some $2.2 billion last week alone to 166 transportation projects.

The oversized checks and new signage that should appear on 5,300 construction projects over the next 30…

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