Vice President Joe Biden takes questions at the Rudman Center in Concord, NH in February

Sep 1, 2015 12:42 PM

First on NH1 News: Draft Biden to make big hire in NH

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CONCORD -- The Draft Biden super PAC is expanding operations in New Hampshire.

State Rep. Dan Eaton, a longtime supporter of Vice President Joe Biden, will come on board Wednesday as Granite State director for Draft Biden, a source close to the group told NH1 News on Tuesday.

Draft Biden is super PAC devoted to laying the groundwork should the vice president decide to run for president in 2016.

The source added that Eaton’s hiring is a signal that Draft Biden will beef up staffing and operations in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

The Draft Biden super PAC was created in mid-March and modeled to a degree after Ready for Hillary, the organization formed in 2013 that over a two year period assembled a large grassroots operation that benefited former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she eventually launched her presidential campaign in April.

Draft Biden, a mostly modest organization at its launch, got an infusion a month ago when Josh Alcorn, a top adviser and confidant to the vice president’s late son Beau, joined the group. NH1 News was one of the first organizations to report Alcorn’s hiring.

Eaton, who represents Stoddard, backed Biden’s 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, co-chairing the then-senator of Delaware’s campaign in New Hampshire.

Eaton’s addition comes as the vice president is seriously weighing a third bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. While beloved by many in the Democratic party, Biden would face challenging odds against Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s 2016 nomination. Biden would find himself behind both Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the Democratic presidential candidate who’s energized many in the party’s liberal base, when it comes to both fundraising and organization.

In a conference call with top ranking members of the Democratic National Committee last week that was first reported by CNN, Biden said “I’m giving this a lot of thought.. internally in the family about how we do things.”

But he also admitted that he continues to struggle with the loss of his son Beau, who died of cancer earlier this year.

“If I were to announce a run, I’d have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul. And right now, both a pretty well banged up, and we’re trying to figure out that issue.”


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