WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Could Beau Biden run as the "invisible" candidate for Governor -- and still win?

We've noted on-the-air and in this blog before about how Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden remains the stealth statewide officeholder.

His office releases statements nearly daily in his name, often about arrests & prosecutions of individuals on charges of kiddie pornography; announcements of indictments; advisories on scams; etc. But try to get the attorney general on-the-air, even by phone, let alone on camera? He's like Dick Cheney at some undisclosed location.

Accounts continue to circulate that the attorney general looks haggard... or worse.

Yet, the Thursday NEWS JOURNAL reports the attorney general - eldest son to Vice President Joe Biden - has raised just under one-and-a-half million dollars through his campaign and PAC. Beau Biden doesn't really need that money for re-election to his current office, so that sum suggests loftier ambitions, notably governor. In old Delaware Way, pre-Tea Party fashion, the chair of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, registered Republican Tatiana Copeland, has reportedly donated thousands of dollars to Beau Biden's PAC and campaign account.

Barring a dramatic health turn for the worse, Beau Biden will win re-election to A.G. with either token opposition or no opposition at all.

But could he win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination - and the governor's office - with merely a stealth campaign, limiting appearances to intimate receptions behind closed doors? Is that what it's come to? Or are Beau and supporters banking on a significant health recovery?

A column on the DELAWARE LIBERAL website urges Beau Biden to come clean about his health....


Of course, other Delaware politicians have obfuscated about their health.

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) has had the "shakes", although he also still exercises vigorously...

The late Senator Bill Roth (R-DE) famously tried to keep people at arm's length during his final Senate re-election bid, and avoided all but one broadcast debate...

Now ex Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) suffered two strokes during the 2006 campaign, but appeared to make a full recovery. (Still more medical info than we've gotten about Beau Biden)

Posted at 8:43am on February 13, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:04am
Nothing against Beau personally, as long as he stays in stealth mode, he no longer gets my vote for A.G. or any other office.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:11am
Not my vote either. Not even if I lived in Delaware.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 11:58am
He does have a rather influential father...so yes I can see Beau running for governor of this BLUE state and winning. Who in this tiny state could defeat a Biden?

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 4:00pm
I heard his son already has $500k in his political war chest and a poll shows him with 46% of the vote. Most common answer given when asked why someone would vote for his son even though he isn't even 18 is, "Well, his granddaddy once smiled at me and said I had nice hair, so he gets my vote," and, "Well, imagine how bad it would be if we elected a Republican. So he's got my vote."

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:41pm
Bravo, Arthur! That's how just about all of 'em get in.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 1:02am
It would probably be wise here to remember that his dad was incapacitated for a long time as Senator, twice (once emotional and once medical) and survived. Or thrived. He is now Vice President. So the lesson taken would be do whatever it takes to hold one's position and get well, then serve the state with one's highest resolve.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 6:27am
Just as most references to God have been removed from the public square, so should all references to the name Biden be removed from the Delaware public square.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:45am
Mrpizza: I know you don't agree with VP Biden on many things, but he's not evil incarnate. The Biden's are Delaware's version of the Kennedy's and Bushes. So your last statement is a tad bit over the top in my opinion. You're equating Biden with God, I'm sure both Biden's would be offended by that remark as much as I am.

My issue with Beau is if you're not well enough to see the folks who elected you and provide your paycheck, then you're probably not well enough to serve and should not seek further election until you are well enough.

Obviously Little Biden is struggling with some medical issues. Most of us wish him well and a fast recovery. But that doesn't mean we're just going to blindly vote for him to be Governor or a Congressional person, because of his dad and certainly not if he's not physically able to do the job. So if he's still not well when his term ends, he probably should retire, get well, and then re-enter Delaware politics.

Say what you want about politicians being kind to folks... here's a true story. My grandmother's sister [my Great-Aunt], had been a loyal DEM her entire life and worked actively in that party and helping to get out the vote since the days of FDR. When she was finally put into a nursing home, in her late 90's, Biden would, from time to time as Senator when in town, stop by for a visit. No press, just would drop in unannounced to remember her and spend a few moments with her. Her mind was sharp and she'd still discuss issues with him. She died a year before Senator Biden became V.P Biden. She was 103 when he passed on. Biden had nothing to gain from those visits. No press, no hoopla, just one friend visiting another friend, sometimes some of our family would be there when all of a sudden in pops Senator Joe Biden. That's the other side of Joe Biden the press, especially the right-wing press, hasn't seen, because that's part of his private life.

Does that mean I'll blindly vote for his son? No. My story relates what kind of a man Joe Biden is, down below the public persona, but when I vote for someone, it's because of the job he/she is doing or believe that person will do if I agree with that person's vision for where the nation needs to go, etc.

I do agree with Arthur that many folks would be swayed by a little attention, but not all. Some in my family are staunch DEMS obviously, others are staunch Republicans and very conservative, and some, like me, are Independents.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:13pm
MFD: So you got your opinion and I got mine. So what else is new?

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 1:32pm
Mrpizza: That's what makes for great horse races and politics, different opinions.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 11:04pm
Team CoCo mock "brilliant" Joe Biden and his possible run in 2016.

“There may be reasons I don’t run but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run,”

Sat, Feb 15, 2014 3:00am
MFD: Good answer.

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 10:10pm
I don't believe anyone, other than maybe Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Beau take the idea of the VP running for Prez in 2016 seriously. He's become the DEM version of VP Dan Quaile.

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