Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he won't seek re-election to his current position in 2014; that he will run for Governor in 2016 instead.
Given all the speculation about his health, this will likely send shock waves through certain quarters.
But will he press the flesh, meet with reporters, and do what politicians normally do? Or will this be a stealth campaign? Or is he counting on building his physical strength by the time he leaves his current office? If a stealth campaign, could he still win just by virtue of the Biden name and being a "D" in a heavily blue state? Beau Biden does say in his letter to supporters that, after completion of his current term as Attorney General, "I look forward to meeting with Delawareans..."
(Some observers have been forecasting a Democratic gubernatorial primary race between Beau Biden and New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, which would provide stark contrasts in both style, and to some extent, ideology. Others say no way; Biden & Gordon are very tight.)
And how does his performance as Attorney-General affect his candidacy for Governor?
Word of Beau Biden's gubernatorial bid comes in a letter to his supporters.
The contact on that release, Molly Magarik, told me Beau Biden would not be available to further discuss his political intentions as long as he remains Attorney General (No surprise!). But we have a circular loop, because - as noted earlier on this blog - the Attorney General has been noticeably unavailable for media interviews ever since his hospitalization in Texas.
Posted at 11:11am on April 17, 2014 by Allan Loudell
I see this announcement as a way of buying time. He can take time off and recover from whatever his health issue is.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:57pm
I agree with JimH's assessment...has anyone even seen Biden Jr. recently?
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:02pm
Has anyone seen him lately? Is he alive? Has he had a disabling stroke or cancer, and is his office covering for him, a la Woodrow Wilson?
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:22pm
I hope the DEMS are smart enough to nonimate someone other than Beau Biden. Medical issues, poor job as A.G., giving special treatment for the wealthy [mental illness or not, Robert Richards shouldn't have gotten off totally scot free - a less wealthy person wouldn't have fared as well, mental illness or not].
I see this as a golden opportunity for the Delaware G.O.P. to finally get someone into a statewide office, both A.G. in 2014 and Governor in 2016. The difficult part would be finding good candidates that could win in a VERY BLUE Delaware.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 2:10pm
I wonder if Alan Levin (Happy Harry Jr.) would be interested in trying out a new job?
Gov. Alan Levin has a nice ring to it...
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:47pm
I remember Mr. Levin considered a run as a Republican back a number of years ago. He certainly has run something, and was successful at it too; he could make a good Govenor.
I wonder if he'd run as a Republican or a Democrat? Given that Levin has been a key player in Markell's administration, he might have an easier time winning as a DEM.
Levin doesn't strike me as a TEA party [Christine O'Donnell] type, so today's Delaware G.O.P. [think Sussex County especially] probably wouldn't want him as its candidate.
I wonder of Ferris Wharton, who ran against Beau for his first term as A.G., would be interested in running again for A.G. He has a lot on the ball. Had Wharton as a guest on my talk show back then, great guy, tons of qualifications.
Interestingly, Allan Loudell laments how difficult it is to get an interview with Beau Biden. I too had the same problem back then. He wouldn't come to the radio station or phone-in, his people always claimed he wasn't available. Sounds like Beau is back to doing the "I'm not available" thing again. Yea, that's the guy I want running my state; he's too busy to talk to the media so the average John and Jane Doe can hear him voice his views. Beau's probably like Obama, needs a teleprompter, or Sarah Palin, meaning his knowledge of things is non-existent as Palin was when she ran for VP. Beau apparently doesn't have his Dad's gift of gab, as Joe the VP always has something to say - heh heh.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:32pm
There goes the neighborhood!
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:26pm
When it comes to pizza, liberals tend to prefer a thin crust while conservatives prefer a thick crust or deep dish pie.
Mike: Hopefully Delaware Republicans have learned from the O'Donnell disaster...I think Delaware is too blue for any Tea Party types to have a chance at winning. Levin has name recognition in this state (both from his current job and Happy Harrys), has real business sense/knowledge and has shown he can work with Democrats.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:27am
MFD: Uh...excuse me....uh, Sarah Palin predicted the current Ukraine crisis and was run out of town for it. Does the term "vindication" mean anything? By the way, Sarah Palin never said she could look out her window and see Russia. It was Tina Fey portraying Palin who said it as part of a SNL script.
So like Sarah or not, let's get our facts straight here.
Earl: As for Levin, I think he's a great idea and has great ideas. In fact, I would hope Democrats would work with him rather than he work with them, because when Republicans reach across the aisle, they get "Doberhuahua".
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:30am
Unfortunately for Republicans (assuming he'd stay Republican), even Alan Levin lacks the name recognition of a Biden.
I could go on the street and randomly ask folks to identify Alan Levin. Most would not know. Of course, I'd get better results in affluent "Chateau Country" than downstate, I would suppose.
And of course, his service in the Markell Administration would probably make him anathema to die-hard, Sussex County Republicans.
Unfortunately in politics, issues often play second fiddle to name recognition, and Delaware Republicans don't have a "name" (that I can think of) that comes even close to that of "Biden".
With regard to pizza, kavips, depending on the brand and style, I'll take either thin crust or deep dish.
Usually here in Delaware, thin crust (except at the Chicago-style Uno's in Dover, which unfortunately closed).
When returning to Illinois (Chicago suburbs or Champaign-Urbana) often the thick pies which are the specialty of some of those superb, family-owned, pizza restaurants!
My mixed pizza preferences may actually underscore the validity of the pizza/ideological bent correlation, as I consider myself neither conservative, nor liberal, nor moderate centrist, nor libertarian.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:49am
Allan: You're right about that name recognition thing. Of course in my case, Biden is a name I would always quickly turn the other direction and run from.
What I'm curious about is if you actually did this "man on the street" survey, would the average Delawarian recognize who YOU are?
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:51am
Following link is a song that aptly describes the current state of Delaware politics:
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:36am
I agree with the name recognition of Biden vs. Alan Levin (or any other possible candidates)... but aren't even Delawareans getting sick of the Biden political dynasty? The only reason Beau is in his current position is because of his daddy.
BTW, Palin's record for wins/loses of candidates she backs/supports is very impressive...at the same time many Democrats do not want any connection to the name 0bama or 0bamaCare.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:39am
Does he even have to run a campaign? Delaware voters will see his name and vote for him. Poor Matt Denn. What will he do now?
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:40am
As for pizza... my favorite is brick-oven New York style.
I love John's Pizzeria in NYC...especially when washed down with a Brooklyn Lager ;)
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:43am
Arthur: Sadly, you (and Mr. Loudell) are correct...most Delawareans will step into the voting machine, close the curtain, see the name Biden, and vote for the name they recognize.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:49am
His biggest accomplishment was prosecuting a child molester... well, one of them anyway
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 2:13pm
Palin had a serious lack of knowledge when she ran for VP, which showed in every interview she had during that campaign. Sure, since that failed run, she's been doing her homework, but sadly both she & McCain seemed to think that a pretty face parroting the Republican platform without really knowing what she was talking about would be enough to sway voters to vote for their ticket.
Like it or not, the Alaskan Grizzly Barbie wasn't ready for the big leagues in 2008. Unfortunately, she didn't even finish her term as governor, so she lacks credibility as someone who's even capable of being President since the job of being Alaska's governor was too tough for her.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:10pm
Note to Republicans:
You may campaign all you want against the wicked witch of the West. But if all you can put up is the leader of the Lollipop Guild, expect to lose.
I can just see Copeland, Craig, and Heffron, all arm in arm, walking down the street singing... "we represent the lollypop guild, the lollypop guild, the lollypop guild."
Yep, that fits.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:40pm
MFD: So you're going to ignore the fact that Palin was right on Russia/Ukraine and that it was Tina Fey and SNL who came up the the "Russia from my window" stuff?
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:42pm
Mr pizza: quick alert the media Sarah Palin got something correct, film at 11. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. So does that make her Presidential material? Maybe in your world, but not in mine. You want to give Hillary the Presidency in 2016? Nominate as the TEA/GOP candidate the Alaskan Grizzly Barbie & watch Hillary win a landslide victory.
Look it's fine that you & your TEA/ FOX pals think the world of Palin, but that's not enough to win an election, so if you really are serious about wanting your candidate to have a chance of beating ole Hillary, then don't choose Sarah Palin as your candidate. Frankly, I believe Tina Fey would get more votes than Palin. At least she's well read & uses her mind to think for herself. So we'll just have to agree to disagree on this.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 2:55am
MFD: Nope. Don't disagree on this. Just wanted you to admit I was right about those two points. Can she beat Ethel Rosenberg? Don't want to take that chance.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 8:19am
Mrpizza: Pretty strong language calling Hillary a Communist or worse yet a Communist spy. Granted the former First Lady has some socialist leanings, but somehow calling her a Bolshevik doesn't really fit her or her hubby, Bubba "I didn't have sex with that woman" Clinton.
Bubba may be a sleeze, and a skirt chaser, but during his terms as Prez the nation ended up doing rather well, no debt, but rather a surplus. I give credit to both Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton for that, both deserve credit for that achievement [a great example of the two parties working together for the common good - sadly this doesn't happen more often].
What will be difficult for the Republicans to undermine, if Hillary is the Prez candidate in 2016, is the idea that if Hillary is Prez, this will be an opportunity at having that great economy again, as most Republicans believed back then that Hillary was actually President while Bubba was busy chasing Monica. To DEMS, the Clinton's are the 21st century Kennedy's, Democratic Royalty.
Like Hillary or not, she's no body's fool and is rather smart, sharp, and has plenty of experience in government, and is a fighter. As Rush and the gang used to quip, Hillary has already been President, so those shots may come back to haunt them as they give her more creds to many voters than the average candidate.
In other words, Hillary will be a very tough candidate to beat, so the GOP/TEA party better think long and hard, be very choosy who they pick to go up against Hillary. If not, Rush can end his radio career again bashing the Clinton's as they live a second time in the White House. This time with Hillary officially as President of the United States.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:33am
MFD: My comparison of the Clintons to the Rosenbergs has to do with the fact that they got the ball rolling on selling out our nuclear secrets to the Chinese ala Loral Corporation.
Hillary's bungling of Benghazi also fuels that notion for me.
Otherwise, restrospectively, the days of Bill Clinton are relatively "good ole days" comparing to what's happening now.
If I'm still around in 20 years, will the Obama days become the "good ole days"?
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 2:39pm
Mrpizza: So in 20 years time will folks see the George W years as the good times especially the last year? Probably will view Little Bush's years much as we all view the Herbert Hoover years. The similarities are striking.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 8:09pm
MFD: Who knows?
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:55pm
Interesting story related to the Clintons, and a newly released 1995 memo documenting the Clintons' fear of the NEW Media...even before Matt Drudge's Website the Clintons feared the internet and how news was getting to the public from sources beyond the old news media.
"Drudge forever changed journalism in January of 1998 when he reported that Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with a White House intern and that Newsweek killed the story to protect its ally in the White House.
"That very first new media breakthrough was about 15 years ago when this lowly little store clerk in a lowly little apartment equipped with his computer and a modem broke one of the biggest stories of the decade. His name was Matt Drudge and the rest is history."
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:21am
Earl: Ironic you mention Clinton/Lewinsky. The following link is Dick Morris' latest video describing how Clinton survived the Lewinsky ordeal. Of course Dick should know. He was there.
EarlGrey and Mrpizza: interesting stuff. Thanks for the links.
On the Dick Morris link, he also had a video about a new law apparently already passed in NY and California to eliminate the Electrial College so that a popular vote would win in a Presidential election. He explains why this isn't a good thing. I have to admit I hadn't considered it this way before, but what he says does make sense. Check it out.
I agree with those who think that Beau's announcement is just a way of buying time. I think that his illness is more serious than we have been told. After he leaves the AG's office, he may make that public. I can't believe he made this announcement without quietly notifying Denn and other Democratic contenders.
Mike from Delaware
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:19pm
Newsms: What's Little Biden's motive for announcing to run for Governor, knowing he won't if he's as ill as you suggest? Biden's announcement caused Denn, who apparently was seriously considering running for Gov., to lower his expectations and run for AG instead. With Little Biden not running for AG, the other DEMS could run and not have the baggage Beau has from the Robert Richards' case, insuring a DEM continues to be Delaware's AG. Other than that I don't get the buying-time thing.
Or do you mean buying time so that folks will forget how lousy a job he did in handling the Robert Richards' case, so by 2016 all would be forgotten for the Gov. run for him, assuming he's well enough to run?
Not sure the point you were making.
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