Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg argued that his consultation and talks with a health insurance company had nothing to do with the layoffs in the company after he left.
“I doubt it,” Buttigieg said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “I don’t know what happened in the time after I left. That was in 2007 when they decided to shrink in 2009.”
According to The Hill, a spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan also played down Buttigieg’s work for the company, saying that “for a brief time” he was “part of a larger McKinsey team we engaged back in 2007 to consult with our company during a corporate-wide reorganization.”
“He was not involved as a leader on that team, but rather as part of the larger consultant group,” the spokesperson said, according to The Associated Press.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was Buttigieg’s first client at McKinsey, according to a list of his consulting clients released by his campaign on Tuesday.
The project lasted approximately three months and “looked at overhead expenditures such as rent, utilities, and company travel,” his campaign said.
“The project he was assigned to did not involve policies, premiums, or benefits,” according to his campaign. “Because this was his first client study, it largely involved on-the-job training to develop skills in the use of spreadsheets and presentation software.”