WASHINGTON (press release)—With Hillary Clinton’s campaign continuing to face resistance from little-known challengers, there are new signs that she could finally get some big-name opposition.
The sea change in the Democratic race may have come two weeks ago when it was revealed that Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, had encouraged his father to mount another presidential campaign. The younger Biden died in May at age 46 of complications from brain cancer, cutting short a career that many Democrats saw as having national potential.
Word from Biden’s inner circle that a long-considered campaign had Beau Biden’s blessing was the strongest sign yet that the veep might really take the plunge. A third long-shot presidential run is one thing, but one in memory of a son is quite another.
Today, the speculation begins to take shape.
Shiva Sarram, a major Obama fundraiser and grassroots organizer has joined the outside group creating a campaign-in-waiting should Biden opt for another face-off with Clinton. Sarram joins another top Obama bundler, Jon Cooper, who enlisted last week as the group’s national finance chair. “The Draft Biden PAC has over 100,000 signatures, teams in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as volunteers in every state. While the group won’t release its fundraising numbers until the July 15 deadline, executive director William Pierce claims the cash influx exceeded all expectations. ‘This is a rebirth for the VP,’ Pierce said.”