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Ted Kaufman to succeed Biden in Senate (to be seat warmer for Beau Biden)
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Posted on 11/24/2008 12:23:26 PM PST by Chet 99

November 24, 2008

Categories: Delaware

Ted Kaufman to succeed Biden in Senate

Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) has selected Joe Biden’s longtime senior adviser Ted Kaufman as Biden’s successor on an interim basis, paving the way for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to succeed his father in two years.

“He’ll 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 Biden’s 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 Delaware’s 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.”

Minner’s decision to appoint a caretaker like Kaufman paves the way for Biden’s son, Attorney General Beau Biden, to run for his father’s Senate seat in two years. Beau Biden, a member of Delaware’s National Guard, is currently preparing to be deployed to the Middle East, and took himself out of the running for the appointment.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: 111th; beaubiden; biden; de2008; kaufman

1 posted on 11/24/2008 12:23:26 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

Keep the seat warm, vote the party line, and collect the reward when he leaves. Sitting pretty, sitting rich.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 12:27:10 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Chet 99

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.


3 posted on 11/24/2008 12:27:22 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: All
Ted Kaufman:


4 posted on 11/24/2008 12:28:16 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99
Senate seats have become property for privileged families to will to their children.

How stupid are the people of Delaware? Too many DuPont chemicals in the air and soil?

5 posted on 11/24/2008 12:33:23 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Chet 99

Looks like liberal road kill to me.


6 posted on 11/24/2008 12:38:22 PM PST by RetiredArmy (NOTE TO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS: PLAY THE CONSERVATIVE CARD!!!)
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To: Chet 99

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 VP’s 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.

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7 posted on 11/24/2008 12:41:32 PM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: freeplancer
I don’t care what party it is, term limits is the only answer.

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.

8 posted on 11/24/2008 12:43:42 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Chet 99

Wow, he looks like a cross between John Kerry and James Carville. Kind of a French-looking Skeletor.


9 posted on 11/24/2008 12:47:52 PM PST by hometoroost (Obama our first Halfrican-American president)
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To: Gondring; freeplancer

Term limits was supposed to be the “solution” in California. Our legislature has only gotten worse since term limits were implemented.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 12:49:49 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

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.


11 posted on 11/24/2008 1:00:41 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: Chet 99
“I do not think that Delaware’s 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.”

Libspeak translation: "My campaign begins next week. Vote for me in 2 years."

12 posted on 11/24/2008 1:01:36 PM PST by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: frog in a pot

Yea, but the American people never understood all of this, no matter how many times it was taught to them.


13 posted on 11/24/2008 1:01:59 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: freeplancer

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?


14 posted on 11/24/2008 1:08:16 PM PST by JSDude1
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To: Chet 99

Is Kaufman a resident of Delaware?


15 posted on 11/24/2008 1:13:09 PM PST by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat, when only the very worse will do.)
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To: Theodore R.

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.


16 posted on 11/24/2008 1:14:29 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

More sleight of hand for the American “House of Lords”.


17 posted on 11/24/2008 2:06:59 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Chet 99

They should go back to state legislatures appointing Senators and be done with the charade already.


18 posted on 11/24/2008 2:09:04 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Chet 99
RINO Castle is battling health issues and probably isn't long for his House seat, either. Delaware needs some new Republicans, like the rest of the country.
19 posted on 11/24/2008 2:21:24 PM PST by vrwinger (You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.)
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To: Chet 99; Heatseeker; confederacy of dunces; Pyro7480; Dustbunny; Godebert; BykrBayb; ...

DelMarVa PING

The moonbats at the News Journal website are going bonkers over this.....they wanted Carney.


20 posted on 11/24/2008 2:22:10 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: headstamp 2

These RATS certainly are an incestuous lot,aren’t they?


21 posted on 11/24/2008 2:22:50 PM PST by pistolpetestoys (Sarah ROCKS!!!!!)
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To: JSDude1

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.


22 posted on 11/24/2008 2:27:08 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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23 posted on 11/24/2008 2:34:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: Chet 99

Listening to Hannity on the radio today....

He said that Bill Clinton made a remark recently that Chelsea has a promising career in politics.


24 posted on 11/24/2008 2:48:34 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Gondring
Term limits isn't the answer

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.

25 posted on 11/24/2008 2:58:25 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Does he wrestle women, too?


26 posted on 11/24/2008 3:19:30 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: freeplancer

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.


27 posted on 11/24/2008 3:38:25 PM PST by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: BlueStateBlues
It's a hella opportunity for conservatives to isolate the Biden pick as a dud, and run a surprise winner.

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!

28 posted on 11/24/2008 3:49:51 PM PST by StAnDeliver (Schadenfreude!)
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To: Chet 99
"Seatwarmer" in the sense that the Kennedy's used Benjamin Smith to fill Jack's Senate seat until Teddy could be elected?

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.

29 posted on 11/24/2008 3:55:28 PM PST by x
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To: Gondring
Of course, the problem with term limits is that you get officeholders who have no accountability to the electorate.

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.

30 posted on 11/24/2008 4:20:19 PM PST by outofstyle (There's a rake at the gates of Hell tonight)
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To: Chet 99

to be seat warmer for Beau Biden
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Isnt Beau Biden the one who is off to Iraq in December ????


31 posted on 11/24/2008 5:05:39 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Chet 99

He needs to either stay out of the tanning booth or invest in Clearisil.


32 posted on 11/24/2008 6:45:18 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Gondring
Of course, the problem with term limits is that you get officeholders who have no accountability to the electorate.

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!

33 posted on 11/24/2008 8:10:12 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: Chet 99

Yep, looks like a useful idiot.


34 posted on 11/24/2008 8:44:18 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Chet 99; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; LS; LdSentinal; Norman Bates; ...

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.


36 posted on 11/25/2008 5:28:25 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: toldyou

Good lord.. not another one.
I don’t know if I can handle that.


37 posted on 11/25/2008 5:49:31 AM PST by MNReaganite (Bobby Jindal for President)
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To: Chet 99

Any doubts left that we have a ruling elite just like the ussr did.


38 posted on 11/25/2008 6:29:24 AM PST by omega4179 (Pardon Ramos and Compean)
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To: Chet 99

Beau Biden, a member of Delaware’s 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...


39 posted on 11/26/2008 2:07:49 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: freeplancer

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.


40 posted on 11/26/2008 2:12:13 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


41 posted on 11/26/2008 2:13:50 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: frog in a pot

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.


42 posted on 11/26/2008 3:30:41 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: napscoordinator

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.


43 posted on 11/26/2008 3:35:22 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: MSF BU

You are correct, of course. And, if you know about coed showers, you must have visited Bucca.


44 posted on 11/26/2008 9:56:28 AM PST by frog in a pot (Is there a definition of "domestic enemies" as used in federal oaths, or is that just lip service?)
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To: Chet 99

He looks like a thin John Lithgow.


45 posted on 11/26/2008 1:35:05 PM PST by Terry Mross
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To: Chet 99

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?


46 posted on 11/27/2008 1:10:02 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: Gondring
Term limits isn't the answer. An informed electorate combined with an expectation of honest statesmanship (so colleagues remove offenders) is.

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.

-PJ

47 posted on 11/27/2008 1:23:38 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: freeplancer

Welcome to the late Roman Republic where a handful of Patrician families rule as oligarchs...


48 posted on 11/27/2008 1:26:17 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: silverleaf

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?


49 posted on 11/27/2008 3:26:18 PM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW ,)
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