Attorney General Beau Biden’s announcement last week that he would not seek re-election so he could focus on a 2016 race for governor came in typical fashion: he issued a written statement and offered no public comment.
It’s become routine for Biden, a high-profile public official who has made a habit of avoiding the public spotlight and the media. He has made few appearances and said little publicly about his health since receiving treatment in August at a Texas cancer center. He responded to intense criticism about his office’s prosecution of a child rapist from a prominent Delaware family who received probation over prison time by issuing a written statement and declining media interviews.
Thursday, on one of the most significant days of his political career, he described the end of a chapter in his public service in an e-mail.
“The Office of Attorney General is a four-year commitment,” said Biden. “Its responsibilities are too significant, and the voters’ trust too important not to give it my complete and undivided attention. It should not be, nor can it become, a two-year staging ground for another elected office.”
Biden’s approach to public office in 2014 is surprising to many.
SOURCE: Jonathan Starkey
The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal