Skip to comments.Ted Kaufman to succeed Biden in Senate (to be seat warmer for Beau Biden)
Posted on 11/24/2008 12:23:26 PM PST by Chet 99
November 24, 2008
Ted Kaufman to succeed Biden in Senate
Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) has selected Joe Bidens longtime senior adviser Ted Kaufman as Bidens successor on an interim basis, paving the way for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to succeed his father in two years.
Hell walk in there with all the experience he needs to do the job for Delaware, Minner said at a press conference this afternoon, emphasizing that he will only be serving for the remaining two years of Bidens unexpired term.
Kaufman is a co-chair on Biden's transition team and is one of the Delaware senator's closest advisers. He spent about two decades serving as his chief of staff.
He is currently president of Public Strategies, a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington, Delaware.
Kaufman said he is not interested in serving in the Senate long-term, and will not be running for re-election in 2010.
I do not think that Delawares appointed senator should spend the next two years running for office, Kaufman said. I will do this job to the best of my ability to serve the people of Delaware.
Minners decision to appoint a caretaker like Kaufman paves the way for Bidens son, Attorney General Beau Biden, to run for his fathers Senate seat in two years. Beau Biden, a member of Delawares National Guard, is currently preparing to be deployed to the Middle East, and took himself out of the running for the appointment.
Keep the seat warm, vote the party line, and collect the reward when he leaves. Sitting pretty, sitting rich.
This is dusgusting. Our governement was set up for average people to serve and then go home, not milk it for a career and use their popularity to get their family to take their place. Then they give each other awards for “public service”. I don’t care what party it is, term limits is the only answer.
How stupid are the people of Delaware? Too many DuPont chemicals in the air and soil?
Looks like liberal road kill to me.
One wrinkle in this scenario: If Beau Biden serves in a hot location as opposed to serving as a JAG-type in the rear, he could return home with a realistic understanding of what freedom means and costs. Such an understanding would be more accurate than that held by his living-constitution father. Of course, there is little chance of such an assignment, being the VPs son.
In any event, if he gets out and about, he may have an opportunity to see up close what it looks like to have been an oppressed populace for decades or centuries.
STAND UP AMERICA! The presidential election is not over!
We voted for electors, not the individual candidates. The electors vote on or after December 15, 2009. The results are then presented to a joint session of Congress and objections may be heard on January 8, 2009. See the letter on my About page hand-delivered to the local offices of my Republican Senators and Representatives. I urge you to take similar action, even if it is simply faxing a one page letter to Washington, D.C.
Of course, the problem with term limits is that you get officeholders who have no accountability to the electorate.
Term limits isn't the answer. An informed electorate combined with an expectation of honest statesmanship (so colleagues remove offenders) is.
Will America ever get back to that? I doubt it.
Wow, he looks like a cross between John Kerry and James Carville. Kind of a French-looking Skeletor.
Term limits was supposed to be the “solution” in California. Our legislature has only gotten worse since term limits were implemented.
I wonder if the GOP will again take an essential pass on the Biden seat. It will be permanently Biden, it seems. People in DE don’t understand the importance of controlling the power of government.
Libspeak translation: "My campaign begins next week. Vote for me in 2 years."
Yea, but the American people never understood all of this, no matter how many times it was taught to them.
Sadly the best the GOP in that RINO(ish) state could do (to win anyway) would be to put up Mike Castle, if they has any cajones (and actually believed conservatively): they’d put up Colon Boninisp?
Is Kaufman a resident of Delaware?
Mike Castle is the only one with a chance. Elections are won and lost at the recruitment stage.
I could see Biden losing if Obama/Biden are unpopular in 2010, and there’s a 1994 style backlash brewing.
More sleight of hand for the American “House of Lords”.
They should go back to state legislatures appointing Senators and be done with the charade already.
The moonbats at the News Journal website are going bonkers over this.....they wanted Carney.
These RATS certainly are an incestuous lot,aren’t they?
I’m not exactly sure what has happened, as I left there 5 years ago, but Colin is not as popular as he once was.
Perriello (D) Wins House Seat [VA—5th District]
AP via The Washington Post | 2008-11-24
Posted on 11/24/2008 10:21:34 AM PST by rabscuttle385
Fans Push Palin for 2012
(Reagan Staffers Plan ‘Draft’ of Sarah to Washington, DC)
US News and World Report | November 23, 2008 01:38 PM ET | Bedard, Paul
Posted on 11/24/2008 12:33:02 PM PST by lewisglad
Listening to Hannity on the radio today....
He said that Bill Clinton made a remark recently that Chelsea has a promising career in politics.
If it's for 12 years it would work.
A single 12 year term in the Senate, four 3-year terms in the House, and two six-year terms for President.
Does he wrestle women, too?
This is dusgusting. Our governement was set up for average people to serve and then go home, not milk it for a career and use their popularity to get their family to take their place.
It can go both ways as sometimes the electorate decides not to make it a family heirs position. Hunter of CA did that this time with his son riding his name recognition into the seat. However a few years back the electorate in LA rejected Billy Tauzin’s son when he tried to assume the seat and the Texas group did the same when Dick Armey’s son attempted to assume his seat.
I know of two charismatic conservatives in Delaware that could beat Coughdrop -- and Farmer Ted, once gets a taste of power, will challenge Beau in the primary -- bank on it!
Or "seatwarmer" in the sense that Barney Frank used Steve Gobie until he found out Gobie was running an escort service out of their townhouse?
Inquiring minds want to know.
They would be accountable in a very profound way. After two terms as a congressman, he would face the real possibility of rejoining the private sector and having to live by the rules they he has forced us to live by.
to be seat warmer for Beau Biden
Isnt Beau Biden the one who is off to Iraq in December ????
He needs to either stay out of the tanning booth or invest in Clearisil.
What? They're not accountable to us now, they do what they want, when they want, and how they want.
At least with term limits we won't be stuck with them for 30 years or more, like Biden and the rest of those long-in-the-tooth, entrenched politicians.
I am glad that Carney is not appointed to the position--he's been Ruth Ann's toidy for years--even Biden is sharper than him!
Yep, looks like a useful idiot.
Odious RINO Mike Castle is the probably the only one who could beat Lincoln Chaffee er Beau Biden.
Auditor Tom Wagner is the only other Republican in statewide office.
Good lord.. not another one.
I don’t know if I can handle that.
Any doubts left that we have a ruling elite just like the ussr did.
Beau Biden, a member of Delawares National Guard, is currently preparing to be deployed to the Middle East, and took himself out of the running for the appointment.
Very smart. Why take a position that you will not be able to work in while in Iraq or Afganistan. Good for him for putting country first. Of course he is still a Democrat...
I know it stuns me that a good man like Duncan Hunter gave his seat to his son. Ok they had an election...most were voting for his father. The whole system is corrupt.
and two six-year terms for President
Please no. How about 1 six year term. 12 years for a President???? Ugh! I get sick of them now with eight.
He is not serving anywhere hot, except perhaps after hours in the coed showers. The Republican party has two years to find somebody with a plausible chance to defeat this guy.
Hunters son has worked in the private sector and served three tours of duty commanding men in combat. He is one of the VERY few new members of congress who has any inkling of how the military works and what it means to actually fight in smally unit combat. Hunter will stand as a counterweight to Patrick Murphy and (soon to be) Beau Biden who the left will champion as combat heroes.
You are correct, of course. And, if you know about coed showers, you must have visited Bucca.
He looks like a thin John Lithgow.
Why is it when I look at this man, I think of another who wears a black cape, has horns sticking out of his head and wields a pitchfork?
How about repealing the 17th amendment and eliminating Senate elections altogether?
I believe that eliminating 33 of the most expensive elections that occur every two years is the keystone to getting money out of politics.
Presidential elections occur once every four years. House elections occur every two years, but their districts are too small to mount an effective national fundraising campaign.
It's the 33 statewide Senate elections that occur every two years that demand the money. These elections are what the national parties are structured around (see how Schumer chaired the national Senate election committee?).
End the Senate elections, and you break the need for national campaign financing as a perpetual machine.
Welcome to the late Roman Republic where a handful of Patrician families rule as oligarchs...
How stupid are the people of Delaware?
I don’t know. How stupid ar the people of Conn. Electing Dodd’s son?
How stupid are the voters of Mass. returning the brother of JFK again and again? In his first campaign, his opponent said if he was Edward Moore in stead of Edward Moore Kennedy there would be no contest.
How stupid are the people of RI the to return Chafee’s son to the Senate?
Bush to the Whitehouse?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.