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Sunday, May 14, 2006

 

I'm a Beau Biden believer


Although I have a natural American distrust of political dynasties, I have to admit Beau Biden is going to make a great Attorney General.

He is a smart, experienced prosecutor who is passionate about public service. Here are some career highlights:

1994 to 1995 - Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe, U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire.

1995 - Counsel in the Office of Policy Development, United States Department of Justice, Washington, working closely with counsel from the FBI, the ATF, and the Criminal Division.

1995 until 2002 - Federal Prosecutor who served in both policy and prosecutorial capacities at the United States Department of Justice. Also Federal Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney'’s Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Federal Prosecutor, Beau investigated and prosecuted a variety of criminal cases including violent crimes, narcotics, firearms, and sophisticated financial fraud. Moreover, Beau handled all phases of the federal prosecutions, including the investigation, the grand jury, the trial, and the appeal.

2001 - Volunteered for an interim assignment to serve as a Legal Advisor for the United States Department of Justice in post-war Kosovo. During this period, Beau worked in Pristina, Kosovo, helping to establish a training program for Kosovar judges and prosecutors, as well as international judges, on criminal procedure and practice. In addition, Beau assisted in drafting law enforcement guidelines for the Kosovo Civilian Police Force.

2002 - Joined the Wilmington law firm of Monzack and Monaco where he concentrated in civil litigation.

2004 - Continued his civil litigation practice by becoming a partner in the law firm of Bifferato Gentilotti & Biden (now Bifferato, Gentilotti, Biden & Balick).

Currently - Serves as a Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, where he is in the Judge Advocate General'’s (JAG) Corps, assigned to the 261st Signal Brigade in Smyrna.



Biden's resume makes Ferris look like a slacker. As for the political dynasty thing.... This is a race where I'm willing to say that the money, connection, good looks and charm that come from being a Biden are just icing on the cake. Prediction: Biden 57% Wharton 42%

Comments:
Can he give us his take on some of the lame decisions already made by Danberg as in that the AG couldn't possibly weigh in on Red Clay charter school issues?
 
The DE AG will be in for some interesting times.

If Roe v. Wade falls the AG will be pressed to enforce the DE anti-abortion laws already on the books. If he does not there will surely be political pressure and lawsuits to deal with.

Delaware may be eligible to participate in class-action lawsuits or take other action against illegal federal spying or other erosions of civil liberties by phone companies, ISPs, or what-may-come.

For both those instances I prefer the Democrat.
 
one more thing...

Wharton wants to make this a law-and-order campaign about crimes of violence, street thuggery, and the GOP's favorite button-pusher, sex crimes.

But I think in this year, this campaign should rightly be about civil liberties.

For Wharton to convert the issues into a debate on street crime he's going to have to resurrect Willie Horton and if he does I plan to call him on it.
 
Isn't it funny how no one calls Jason a shill, though he is 100% pro-Dem, even when the Dem is by far the lesser candidate, such as the AG race; yet I get called a shill all the time despite the shellacking that I give to the GOP from time to time?


If Roe v. Wade falls the AG will be pressed to enforce the DE anti-abortion laws already on the books. If he does not there will surely be political pressure and lawsuits to deal with.


This is silly. If Roe is overturned, the DE legislature will be forced, by political pressure, to readdress the law immediately. It would be the hottest topic of any year. I know you're searching for reasons to support the lesser candidate, but that's not realistic.

Biden's resume makes Ferris look like a slacker.

I know you don't really mean that.
 
Biden's resume makes Ferris look like a slacker.(Jason)

I know you don't really mean that. (DT)


He could really be that much of an idiot...
 
Dt,

I like how (by your silence) you agree with my prediction. That is the dog that does not bark in your comment.
 
That statement is as ridiculous as your prediction. The only reasons Biden will be competitive is the registration edge and his ability to raise money.
 
I could support Beau for anything but the three 'admin' statewide positions of AG, Auditor, or Treasurer. He is a nice enough guy and very charming but he is totally unqualified to be Attorney General notwithstanding a few forgettable years in a DOJ job that - like everything else he has - old man Biden got him. Being a good prosecutor and understanding the system and what prosecutors need requires years and years in the trenches not just a handful.

Even as a longtime supporter of Senator Biden I have serious issues with the possibility and the probability that Beau will only use the AG Office as a stepping stone and a tool for political cronyism. Still I supported Beau -- until Wharton got into the race. I really thought the Republicans had run out of any decent options and Beau would be better than any of them. But I look at AG as too important a job to let party decide who is best for it -- I will probably have to go with the better choice on this one even if it is a Republican. If Wharton was just another Republican politician who happened to have a good record as a former prosecutor I would have gone with Beau. But Wharton is probably the single most dedicated and experienced guy that could run. I still think he deserves immense credit for nailing that dirtbag Capano and that is the kind of solid commitment to the job what we really need in our head prosecutor.

The questions I have to ask myself are - what, if any, is Beau's conviction record as a 'prosecutor'? What, if any, organizational or even practical experience does he have to competently run the entire statewide army of prosecutors and staff? What, if any, credibility or even track record does he have on criminal justice policy? What, if any, is the case for his election - besides his last name - versus someone who has devoted his whole life prosecuting criminals? Wharton began prosecuting criminals when Beau was still a little kid and it is hard to make a serious case that Beau is a better choice.

For real Jason you can't tell me you actually are so partisan that you would risk our criminal justice and prosecutorial leadership to such a young ambitious though attractive greenhorn. I can't believe that Beau has any real interest in the job other than as a pit stop on the way to a higher office. The AG's job is too important to hand to someone who really doesn't want the job but the next one he thinks it will get him.

If I had my choice Beau would have taken on Castle - I would have worked for him pretty damn hard and I think Castle's support is a mile wide and an inch deep. We could have taken him out. Unfortunately Denny Spivack will get creamed like all of the weak candidates we have put up against MC. Conventional wisdom would say that Delaware would not want 2 Bidens in Congress but Beau like his Dad back in '72 could have overcome that in this approaching Republican wash-out.

It is a shame because I thought Beau had a bright future but I predict that Wharton will win with at least 53%. I think the Bidens may have really miscalculated this one.
 
For real Jason you can't tell me you actually are so partisan that you would risk our criminal justice and prosecutorial leadership to such a young ambitious though attractive greenhorn.

You obviously don't know Jason.
 
If I had my choice Beau would have taken on Castle...Castle's support is a mile wide and an inch deep. We could have taken him out.

You got that right. Or Markell could have beaten him. Spivack has a real shot with Castle and Bush sucking so bad - but Biden or Markell would have been a slam dunk.

As for Biden for AG. Wait until you hear Beau on the stump befor you sign up with Ferris. I was thinking all of the things you are thinking - then I heard a real democrat fire up a room.
 
Fair enough Jason but I have to again say that the things that make Beau an attractive candidate have nothing to do with being a good AG. Speechmaking or rhetoric is why he would have been great against Castle but are not what I want in an AG.

Maybe we can convince Danberg to run and Beau to switch for Congress (sorry, Dennis). Beau could say truthfully the stakes are so high he was compelled to offer his talents to replacing a Bush rubber-stamping Republican.

Beau's skill as a candidate is exactly why I am so disappointed he chose to begin his political career running for a job with zero political impact in which he can make no difference on so many issues that matter to people. No AG can really do much more than run a tight ship and ensure we prosecute criminals with skill. When I shake my head and ask "what was Beau thinking?" my unfortunate answer is "only of his political career and how best to launch it while avoiding any controversies about his politics or about real issues."
 
The little devil conscience on my shoulder wants to, but I can't argue with any of that.
 
Law clerkships begin after graduation so Beau must have graduated law school in 1994. But when I looked him up in the listing of Del. lawyers it says he was admitted in 2002. Does anyone know how he practiced law for 7 years without being admitted to practice in Delaware? I would sure like to learn that trick!

Where was he licensed before 2002? Any explanation of why he waited 8 years to join the Delaware bar?

Is this fishy to anyone else? I wonder if anyone in the United States has ever run for attorney general of a state after only 4 years as a member of the state's bar. What gives?
 
Please...

Click here. I did not put every date in the post.
 
That link to the Biden website says he is a Maryland bar member besides Delaware. He must have joined it before becoming a prosecutor in Pennslyvania. Except for the last 5 years it looks like he spent most of his time after law school in other places besides Delaware.

Is it possible he was not planning on staying in Delaware but changed his mind out of family obligations and opportunities? Maryland is closer to DC after all but what stronger ties could you have to a state than your father being its U.S. Senator? Why would he skip Delaware?

If it is true young Biden only joined the Delaware bar 4 years ago after 8 years as a lawyer it makes me wonder what took him so long. Unless it is some reason like he could not pass the bar exam for 8 years it strikes me as a pretty tepid committment for someone wanting to be attorney general of our state.

It looks more like a bare minimum investment made only for political career expediency and not the type of dedication expected of a state's chief law enforcer. Either way it raises doubts about how well he could really know the laws of Delaware and how credible he is for a position of such serious responsibility. Thank God Wharton is running.
 
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