Long-Time Aide Replaces Biden in Senate
Who said cronyism was dead?
Delaware’s governor today tapped a long-time adviser to Joe Biden to fill the Senate seat being vacated by the vice president-elect. Ted Kaufman served in Biden’s Senate office from 1973 to 1994, and currently serves on Biden’s vice-presidential transition team. From Biden’s statement:
I have known Ted Kaufman for over 30 years. He is a man of first-rate qualifications, unquestioned integrity and a long-time commitment to public service. As my Chief of Staff for 19 years, he was involved in many of the most important decisions I’ve made in the Senate. Further, he has been personally involved in handling many of the most important issues that we’ve faced in Delaware. From protecting Cape Henlopen, to putting more cops on the street, Ted has played a critical role in these accomplishments.
According to the Wilmington News Journal, however, there may have been other considerations as well. The paper reports that the choice “was widely seen as a move by Vice president-elect Biden to protect his seat for his son, Attorney General Beau Biden, now deploying to Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit.”
And you know if there was a winner, there had to be a loser:
Snubbed with the choice was Lt. Gov. John Carney, considered a party favorite for the appointment. Carney as recently as last week had said he would take the job under any terms offered, including as a “placeholder” who would serve only until the 2010 regular election.
The News Journal said the pick “could leave Delaware Democratic Party feelings bruised for years to come.”