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Minner to Appoint Biden Aide to Senate

By Chris Cillizza
Ted Kaufman, a longtime aide to Joe Biden, will be appointed by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the vacancy created by the vice president-elect once he resigns from the Senate.

Kaufman is currently one of the co-chairs of Biden's transition team and is the Delaware senator's closest -- and longest-serving -- adviser. He worked with Biden in the Senate from 1973 to 1994, spending nearly two of those decades as chief of staff.

"There is no one who knows more about how the United States Senate works and no one who is more ready to do this job for Delaware than Ted Kaufman," said Biden in a statement on the Kaufman pick. "Over the years, he has earned the respect of those who have served, like Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey and of those who are still there, like Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. He will make a great partner with Senator Tom Carper."

Kaufman is widely seen as a caretaker pick -- almost certain to serve for two years and then make way for Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, to be the Democratic nominee when a special election is held in 2010 for the remaining four years of Joe Biden's term. (Beau Biden is currently on a year-long stint with the Delaware National Guard in Iraq).

Republicans continue to hold out hope that Rep. Mike Castle (R) will join the race and make it competitive although Castle has yet to signal his plans for 2010.

Joe Biden has yet to resign his seat but Minner's announcement today makes clear that an agreement has been worked out between the governor and the outgoing senator.

Read more from Chris Cillizza at The Fix»

Posted at 4:02 PM ET on Nov 24, 2008  | Category:  Joe Biden
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