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

Aug 2, 2015 10:02 PM

Steinhauser: Fmr. top adviser to Beau Biden joining super PAC trying to convice vice president Biden to run in 2016

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CONCORD – A top adviser and confidant to Vice President Joe Biden’s late son Beau Monday is joining a super PAC devoted to laying the groundwork should the vice president decide to run for president in 2016.

Josh Alcorn is joining the Draft Biden Super PAC on Monday, which should boost the fundraising abilities of the grassroots organization which was created in mid-March. While Draft Biden has only raised around $110,000 since forming, it does boast an email of more than 180,000 people.

Alcorn’s addition should vastly increase the super PAC’s fundraising abilities. As financial director and then a senior adviser to Beau Biden, Alcorn raised $1.2 million in 2013 in just a six month period as Biden mulled a bid for Delaware governor. Before working for the younger Biden, Alcorn served as finance director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which put in him in close contact with a vast national network of donors. Before working for Reid, Alcorn served on then-Sen. Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Beau Biden gubernatorial campaign never came to realization, as the vice president’s son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Biden, 46, died in May.

In a statement obtained Sunday night by NH1 News, Draft Biden’s executive director Will Pierce said "I'm thrilled that Josh is joining Draft Biden. Biden supporters across the country know how close he was to Beau and his family.”

"Josh joining the Draft Biden effort only increases the seriousness nature of what to date has been an enormously successful effort," Pierce added.

Pierce, 27, worked as an advance volunteer for Biden's 2008 White House campaign.

Alcorn’s addition comes as the vice president is mulling a third bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. While beloved by many in the Democratic party, Biden would face challenging odds against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the party’s 2016 nomination. Biden would find himself far behind both Clinton, and even 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.

A source close to vice president says that as he’s grieved the death of his son, many friends and donors have encouraged Biden to make another run for the White House. The source says that Biden, as he’s always said, will make a decision on a presidential bid by the end of the summer.


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