President Donald Trump on Thursday continued the delusion he has “a viable path to victory” and a second term. That isn’t stopping President-elect Joe Biden from building his team to take over the federal government on Jan. 20.
With some top spots already announced, Biden’s maneuvers are prompting all sorts of speculation about which tri-state locals might be heading to Washington for new jobs.
One of the country’s most prominent — secretary of state — could go to a leading Biden ally a state over in Delaware, Sen. Chris Coons.
“He would love to do it,” a person with knowledge of Coons’ feelings on the post said. “And it is certainly fair to say he is under consideration.”
Coons, a Democrat in the Senate seat Biden held for 36 years, was a lead surrogate for Biden during the presidential campaign. During the virtual Democratic National Convention, Coons nominated Biden on behalf of his home state.
Coons serves on the Foreign Relations Committee and has a relatively good relationship with Republicans, which could make getting Senate approval easier.
Another name circulating is David L. Cohen, whose fund-raising for Biden and background in local, state, and national politics could make him a contender for a post or ambassadorship. Cohen did not respond to a request for comment.
Clout hears former Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq War veteran who served as acting secretary of the Army in 2016, is under consideration for that post again or for secretary for Veteran Affairs.
Some are passing on consideration to keep their day jobs.
Sen. Bob Casey, Biden’s closest ally in Pennsylvania, said he wants to remain in the Senate.
“I love being in the Senate,” Casey told Clout. “If he wants me to do something, I’d be honored to talk to him about it, but I made it pretty clear, pretty early I want to help him in the Senate.”
The job of ambassador to Ireland is a popular post in any administration. But Clout hears Boyle, who just won a fourth term, likes serving on the Ways and Means Committee and is unlikely to leave his seat.
Clout can confirm one appointment — former Rep. Bob Brady has accepted the position of Friend of Joe. Brady, chairman of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia, describes the post as a plenipotentiary ambassador-arbitrator on call to help Biden in labor disputes.
Biden, in a national video message to supporters this week, described longtime allies who stuck with him as “a lot of Bobby Bradys out there.”
“That’s the only title I want,” Brady told Clout.
“The U.K. government will be in direct violation of international treaties to protect major archaeological sites,” Stack said in the video. “We are people from across the world. We stand up for humanity and our heritage.”
Stack, who urged viewers to sign a petition advocating cancellation of the tunnel, did not respond to a request for comment. Clout found examples of other aspiring actors recording similar videos, perhaps to bolster their “demo reels” for casting agents.
“I’ve been saying since Wednesday morning that Biden would win. And to my friends out there in WHP-580 listening audience and on Facebook and on Twitter, in my opinion there really are no bombshells that are about to drop that will derail a Biden presidency, including these lawsuits.”
“This simple exercise will determine whether Plaintiffs can prove their case – that sufficient illegal ballots were counted that changed the result of the election. If so, the Court should set aside these votes and declare Trump the winner.”
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