Biden’s Senate Successor Named

Joe Biden’s longtime senior adviser Ted Kaufman will replace him in the Senate, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced this afternoon. Minner emphasized that Kaufman, a co-chairman on the vice president-elect’s transition team with two decades’ experience as his chief of staff, “will only be serving for the remaining two years of Biden’s unexpired term,” Politico reports, “paving the way for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to succeed his father in two years.” The younger Biden is about to be deployed to Iraq as part of Delaware’s National Guard. “It is no secret that I believe my son…would make a great United States senator—just as I believe he has been a great attorney general. But Beau has made it clear from the moment he entered public life, that any office he sought, he would earn on his own,” Biden said. “If he chooses to run for the Senate in the future, he will have to run and win on his own. He wouldn’t have it any other way.”