The weirdest thing about this story is how are we just now finding out about it? Did this story break back last October and it just got lost in all the election craziness three weeks before the midterms?
Anyway, the New York Times reports that former Vice President Joe Biden “swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) faced the toughest race of his career,” the New York Times reports.
“But Mr. Biden was not there to denounce Mr. Upton. Instead, he was collecting $200,000 from the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan to address a Republican-leaning audience… The group, a business-minded civic organization, is supported in part by an Upton family foundation.”
“Mr. Biden stunned Democrats and elated Republicans by praising Mr. Upton while the lawmaker looked on from the audience… The remarks quickly appeared in Republican advertising. The local Democratic Party pleaded with Mr. Biden to repair what it saw as a damaging error, to no avail. On Nov. 6, Mr. Upton defeated his Democratic challenger by four and a half percentage points.”
This is worse than Hillary giving talks to Goldman Sachs. He collected $200k from a Republican friendly group and essentially campaigned for a Republican Congressman three fucking weeks before the midterm election? I am a diehard Democrat. I expect in all election campaigns, that all Democrats campaign for Democrats and not Republicans. If Joe Biden and Chris Coons and Tom Carper want to friends with Republicans after the election, fine. I think it dulls their sense that Republicans in fact have no soul, but whatever. To actively campaign for a Republican during an election and accept Republican money in payment for that endorsement is crossing the line. And I am crossing Joe Biden’s name off my list of candidates to support. He joins Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders and the only candidates I will not support in the primary.
Hopefully he declines a third campaign.