The Draft Biden Movement Is Soliciting Résumés for Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist

The vice president may or may not run, but that hasn’t stopped his fans from living the fantasy.

Vice President Joe Biden arriving in the House Chamber to hear Pope Francis address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24.
Chip Somodevilla AFP/Getty
Sept. 25, 2015, 1:14 p.m.

A key operative behind the effort to convince Vice President Joe Biden to run for president is asking friends and allies to submit résumés if they’re interested in jobs on a potential Biden campaign.

The solicitation—obtained by National Journal—reflects the growing levels of excitement and anticipation inside the Draft Biden movement, despite great uncertainty over whether Biden will actually launch a White House bid.

Scott Dworkin, a Washington-based consultant whose firm, Bulldog Finance Group, leads the fundraising operation for the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC, wrote the email, which went out Wednesday afternoon. Dworkin instructed anyone interested in working for “the potential Biden campaign” to submit his or her résumé to a colleague of his at Bulldog Finance. Dworkin’s message included the disclaimer: “(No this does not mean he’s running).”

Here is the email:

From: Scott Dworkin <scott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM
Subject: Resumes for Biden
To: Sam Jones <sjones@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com>
If you or any friends have any interest in submitting your resume for the potential Biden campaign please submit to Sam who is ccd!  (No this does not mean he’s running)
Scott J. Dworkin Founder & CEO Bulldog Finance Group O: (202) xxx-xxxx scott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com

(Dworkin declined to comment.)

The Draft Biden effort launched out of a Starbucks in Chicago in March, the handiwork of a political activist and veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars named Will Pierce. The group has since been covered by The New York Times, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal; in April, Jimmy Fallon name-checked the group in a bit on The Tonight Show. Several recent additions to the group—among them Josh Alcorn, a top aide to the late Beau Biden, the vice president’s elder son who died in May—have lent legitimacy to the Draft Biden super PAC.

Separately, Reuters reported Friday that Draft Biden is also staffing up in 11 states with Democratic primary elections on Super Tuesday next March. 

Biden himself has given supporters, donors, and the media plenty of reasons to suspect he might run. When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked him in January if he’d take on Hillary Clinton, he replied, “Yes, there is a chance.” He’s recently visited three important primary states—Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina—where he promoted President Obama’s economic agenda while also feeding speculation about his own ambitions. And a few weeks ago, Biden met in private with Robert Wolf, a prominent New York fundraiser and one of Obama’s closest allies on Wall Street, who bundled millions of dollars for the president’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Bloomberg Politics‘s John Heilemann, who first reported the meeting, asked Wolf if he had any fresh insight into Biden’s plans. Wolf demurred. “If he doesn’t know yet,” he said, “how would I?”

What We're Following See More »
BARR MAY BRIEF CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS THIS WEEKEND
Mueller Reports
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr ... Barr told congressional leaders in a letter late Friday that he may brief them within days on the special counsel’s findings. 'I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,' he wrote in a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary committees. It is up to Mr. Barr how much of the report to share with Congress and, by extension, the American public. The House voted unanimously in March on a nonbinding resolution to make public the report’s findings, an indication of the deep support within both parties to air whatever evidence prosecutors uncovered."

CLOSED DOOR DISCUSSION WITH HOUSE INTEL
Cohen Back on the Hill for More Testimony
2 weeks ago
THE LATEST
SEEK A DECADE OF PERSONAL RETURNS
Pascrell Ready to Demand Trump Taxes
2 weeks ago
THE LATEST

"House Democrats plan to formally demand President Donald Trump’s tax returns in about two weeks, a key lawmaker said Tuesday. They intend to seek a decade’s worth of his personal tax returns, though not his business filings, said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee."

Source:
CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ARE PROBING
Cohen's Attorneys Discussed Pardon with Trump Lawyers
2 weeks ago
THE LATEST

"An attorney for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, raised the possibility of a pardon with attorneys for the president and his company after federal agents raided Mr. Cohen’s properties in April, according to people familiar with the discussions. Conversations among those parties are now being probed by congressional investigators."

Source:
DEMS ALLEGE TRUMP INTERVENED TO BENEFIT HOTEL
Judge Rules GSA Must Turn Over Documents on FBI Relocation
2 weeks ago
THE LATEST
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login