Biden Adviser Tapped for Senate Seat

Some say Kaufman is holding spot for Joe's son in 2010 race
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2008 7:50 PM CST
Ted Kaufman listens as Gov. Ruth Ann Minner appoints him to fill the Senate seat Joe Biden as he leaves for the vice presidency, in Wilmington, Del. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Suchat Pederson, The News Journal)
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(Newser) – A close Joe Biden aide will take the senator's seat until a special election in 2 years, the Delaware News Journal reports today. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said she sought Biden's advice in naming Ted Kaufman, who is also a member of Barack Obama's transition team. Some say Kaufman is holding the seat for Attorney General Beau Biden to succeed his father as senator.

Lt. Gov. John Carney fell short despite offering to take the seat under any terms, even as a "placeholder" until 2010. “I believe it’s critical for whoever it is who is appointed that they will take this position solely for doing their very best and what’s best for Delaware, and not think about re-election,” Minner said. Biden was re-elected this month but will give up the seat in January for his new White House job.