DE-Sen: Coons (D) will run
by desmoinesdem, Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 11:42:26 AM EST
New Castle County Executive Chris Coons will be the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, he announced yesterday.
“People here in Delaware are hurting, and Congress has failed to deliver the change we voted for in 2008. I’m running to bring new energy and a new approach to Washington," Coons said in a news release.
“Before I was elected in 2004, the county government was mired in scandal. I restored integrity and confidence in county government. I cut wasteful spending, helped businesses to create jobs, and made our communities safer. I want to take my strong track record of getting real results to the U.S. Senate because the people of Delaware deserve leadership that represents their values.”
Coons faces an uphill battle against former Governor Mike Castle, who decided late last year to leave his House seat and run for Senate instead. CQ Politics reported that Coons will campaign as an outsider:
But Democratic officials said they like the contrast between the 46-year-old Coons, who was re-elected in 2008 in Delaware's most populous county, and the 70-year-old Castle, who has been a Delaware officeholder for most of the past 40 years. "This will be a race about who is positioned to lead Delaware into the future, and given his accomplishments, Chris Coons is well-positioned as an outsider to make that argument," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden told NBC that Coons "is going to surprise the devil out of them." In the same interview, Biden said his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, decided not to run for Senate over Thanksgiving. If that is true, it's atrocious that Beau Biden waited two full months to announce his decision. Coons could have used more time to raise money and start building a campaign organization.
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