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Minner Appoints Biden Aide to Senate

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 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).

Kaufman himself said he would not serve more than two years during a press conference announcing his pick today.

Said Kaufman:

"I also want to make clear that I am very comfortable with retiring after 2 years. I don't think Delaware's appointed Senator should spend the next two years running for office. I will do this job to the fullest of my ability, and spend my days focused on one thing and one thing only: serving Delaware."

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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2008; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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You have to be in the Senate five years before you qualify for the Senate pension plan.

And he's been on the Broadcasting Board of Governors for 13 years, and Biden's staff for 20+, so I imagine he's got some government-related pensions already.

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 26, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

So... if Kaufman takes the job for 2 years will he get a full retirement and benefits for life paid for by the US taxpayer? Kaufman, as a good democrat, should reject the retirement if he has any conscious. Any bets?

Posted by: CARealist | November 25, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Pointing out your trollish behaviour is rather different than being a troll.

And no accusation that I'm being paid by the nefarious Obama to "harass" you? You're slipping.

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 25, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

SeanC1

You fail to realize that your posting has nothing to do with the thread: harassing other posters never has anything to do with the thread.

So please.


Stick to making a point, support your point and stop harassing other posters.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 25, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

37thandFail's latest robo-posts have nothing whatsoever to do with the thread.

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 24, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I had a hamburger today that clearly had Joe Biden's image miraculously encrusted upon those parts where it had been charred, or, as the foodies say, carmelized.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 24, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Kaufman will be Senator from Delaware till Byrd of West Virginia's great grandchildren exhaust their social security benefits. Delaware is a super-tiny state, and as Biden's chief of staff Kaufman has access to Biden's mailing list of people who are politically active (he may know it by heart), knows all the local issues and knows how national issues play in the microcosms that constitute Delaware.

But we all knew that Biden's ascension wouldn't lead to a Republican Senator from Delaware any time soon.

The question now is whether or not the Catholic Bishop of Delaware will permit devotions associated with the ascension of Joe Biden.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 24, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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I challenge your assertion about who is responsible for the economic mess - THE SNOWBALL OF THE CLINTON ECONOMIC DISASTER has its roots in the 1990s - no one has been able to set the economy straight since the Clinton administration took all sorts of money from Wall Street, China and Indonesia and set this diaster in motion.


Let me be clear: Any student of economics knows that economic policies take years and years to affect the actual economy of a nation.


Many times, the economic policies of one President do not take hold until the next President's term.


The Clinton administration is the one which took all the money from Wall Street and then repealed the Glass-Steagall Act.


The Clinton administration deregulated Wall Street.


The Clinton administration allowed the internet bubble to get out of control and unleashed the SNOWBALL OF THE CLINTON ECONOMIC DISASTER.


If you review the testimony of Greenspan before Congress, they were allowing the banks to push the boundaries in the mortgage business in order to cushion the effects of the internet bust.


THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS MESS HAS ITS DIRECT ROOTS IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION - THE SAME BUNCH OF PEOPLE OBAMA IS APPOINTING NOW.

If you want to "blame Bush" (which is all liberals have done for years), then one should be honest and say the the Bush administration was unable to clean up the MASSIVE SNOWBALL OF THE CLINTON ECONOMIC DISASTER.


Also you fail to blame the Federal Reserve which is an independent agency. You appear to want to blame Bush without sayint anything about the failings of the Federal Reserve, all the way back to the mid 1990s.

These people who only want to point a finger at Bush when he was only indirectly responsible - and CLINTON'S POLICIES ARE DIRECTLY THE CAUSE.


Unbelievable.


AND the Iraqi war - Bill Clinton should have had Saddam under control way before the situation was so bad we had to invade - that invasion was a DIRECT RESULT OF THE FAILURE OF 8 YEARS OF CLINTON MIDDLE EASTERN POLICY.


Clinton cut back our intelligence services in the Middle East until we were practically blind in the region.


AND Hillary stacked the State Department with affirmative action appointees who never ever did the job.


The State Department was a COMPLETE MESS under Bill Clinton.


A little bit of honesty is called for here.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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There are two things wrong, seriously wrong, with Obama today.


First, he urges action - OBAMA SHOULD BE THE ONE TAKING ACTION.


Second, his advisors are going to "monitor the situation" or "advise Obama on a daily basis"


The country needs Obama to be a great deal more PRO-ACTIVE - OBAMA NEEDS TO CALL BUSH, SIT DOWN WITH BUSH AND GET A JOINT ACTION PROGRAM TOGETHER RIGHT AWAY.


BI-PARTISAN ACTION RIGHT NOW IS WHAT IS CALLED FOR - THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT OBAMA CLAIMED HE WAS SO GOOD AT - OBAMA IS SITTING AROUND DOING VITUALLY NOTHING WHEN HE SHOULD BE DOING HIS POSTPARTISAN THING.


OH By the way, Obama did appoint a Social Secretary !!!!


not like anyone is uppity or anything like that............

The American people need bold leadership right now on the economy and what does the nation get?

A new social sectretary.

Congratulations America !!!!

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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the best way to do it; if Carney wants the job, let him run for it in 2010; if Biden III wants the job (and it seems obvious he does), likewise. The voters of Delaware will decide.

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 24, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Joe Biden did the right thing. It's as simple as that.

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Posted by: AAPPundit | November 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Why shouldn't Joe Biden have a say in who succeeds him for the term of office he just won at the polls? John Carney ran for Governor and lost. That gives him no claim on the Senate. Biden as VP will be a HUGE asset for Delaware. Kaufman as Senator will be a HUGE asset for Obama-Biden in the Senate, as well as for Delaware, in a way that Carney could never have been. This carping that the media is exaggerating for drama makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Posted by: connaje | November 24, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This deal is causing a lot of bruised feelings in Delaware, because Gov. Minner allowed Joe Biden to dictate this appointment and, in so doing, ignored the obvious choice -- Lieutenant Governor John Carney. But Joe Biden didn't want to take any chances while his son, Beau, serves in Iraq and can't be appointed to the Senate right now. If Minner had appointed Carney, Beau Biden might be forced to challenge him in the 2010 Democratic primary. Instead, Joe Biden arranges for his pal Kaufman to serve as a caretaker.

You could understand if a lot Delaware voters see this as a cynical back-room deal.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | November 24, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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Funny how the democrats all of a sudden care about "Main Street" after pushing through all the trade deals which have SLAMMED MAIN STREET LEFT AND RIGHT FOR YEARS AND YEARS.


Where was Hillary and Bill and the rest of the democratic party when NAFTA was passed?


Where was Hillary and Bill and the rest of the democratic party when all the jobs were sent to China ???


Where was Hillary and Bill and the rest of the deomcratic party when all the jobs were sent all over the place except kept in America ????

This ENTIRE TRANSITION IS SHAPING UP TO BE ONE COMEDY ACT AFTER ANOTHER.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 24, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Good news. Glad Kaufman will join the Obama/Biden team.

It appears the "Hope Team' will work well together and enjoy it as well.

I trust them. To trust in my government is
new for me. Trust in the Obama Administration will relieve a great deal of disillusionment.

Many seem to think Reagan was great. I lived in suburban DC during his 'REIGN....want NOT favorably impressed with him, Bush #1 or Bush #2.

I feel so at pease with this new group. I think they are truly caring for poor, middle class and other persons who need health care.

I am thankful Barack Obama and Anne Dunningham producted this great man. Americans who voted for Barack have good reasons to be proud of their intelligence and our Country.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | November 24, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Never mind what may happen in two years. Kaufman is a great pick in his own right. He knows the Senate as few do and will hit the ground running. He is smart, decent, and will work tirelessly.

Posted by: Soph35 | November 24, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it's weird thing about Joe Biden's senate seat because his term expires January 6, 2009. So if he resigns now, his replacement will only serve until January 6, 2009. Then Joe Biden, since he just won the election for the senate from Delaware, will have to resign again and then Gov. Minner will have to appoint either the same person or even somebody else after January 6 for that term until a special election in 2010. It's a weird senate history buff type stuff.

Posted by: Corey_NY | November 24, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

beau biden beau biden banana fana beau biden…


Posted by: metropolitan1 | November 24, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Good pick by Minner. Beau will be a great Senator in 2010.

Posted by: jenny11 | November 24, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

cool

Posted by: DDAWD | November 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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