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Is Biden Politicking in the Wake of the Boston Tragedy?

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2013, 9:55 am

Vice President Biden traveled to Baltimore Wednesday evening for an “official” event that seemed to have another, more political, purpose: Donor maintenance.

Biden appeared last night at the “opening ceremonies” for a new building at a law school in Baltimore

“Vice President Joe Biden is helping Baltimore celebrate the new University of Baltimore law center,” trumpets the lede of a story on the website of a local Baltimore news outlet. That would seem odd, since vice presidents don’t normally travel to local law schools to “celebrate” a new building.

Biden, Obama laughStrange, until you find out that the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center is named for the parents of Baltimore Orioles owner – and Democratic megadonor – Peter G. Angelos. Not only has Angelos earned a warm “thank you” from Democrats – and President Obama and Biden in particular – but he is someone whose help Biden most certainly will want if he hopes to become president in 2016.

In just the last few years, Angelos and his family have contributed millions of dollars to the Democratic Party, Democratic PACs, and a broad swath of Democratic candidates, including Obama and Biden. On the same day Obama ordered the flags at half staff on federal buildings in mourning for the victims of the Boston tragedy, Biden staged an event that seemed as much about political money as anything else.

According to the campaign finance watchdog opensecrets.org, the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos is the fifth biggest Biden contributor in the years since 1989, with individuals who work at the firm donating $164,100 to Biden through 2012. Peter Angelos’s son Louis works at the firm and is a Biden contributor.

Angelos family members cut thousands of dollars in checks to Biden in 2007 as he campaigned for the Democratic nomination for president. Biden would undoubtably want to make sure the family in his corner again in just two short years, when the presidential campaign starts to heat up.

In August 2012, Peter Angelos spread the love on heavily, contributing half a million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC devoted to reelecting Obama and Biden, and $575,000 to Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates. During the summer and fall of 2012 he sent another $450,000 to the House Majority PAC, which was working to help Democrats try to recapture the House.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Biden during his appearance Wednesday evening “said he considers Baltimore ‘the best city in America,’ cracked jokes, then turned solemn as he spoke about the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday and the shootings in December in Newtown, Conn.” He also discussed the prospects for gun control legislation.

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Scottso April 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

Is the Vice President Politicking?

The Question should be: Is there a time that he or the President ISN’T Campaigning or Politicking (other than on the golf course)?

Scottso April 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

I am serious when I say these people will look to ban ball barrings and nails after this tragedy.

AZ Granny April 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

What you say is definitely believable. Look at the requirements just to buy Sudafed when you’re sick. Or to buy lye to unclog your drain or make soap. And nobody knows what is going to happen with gun control. I’m concerned they’re going to go after pressure cookers too. Especially since DHS has released press releases in the past warning about the dangers of them being used for bombs.

Susan April 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Definitely don’t laugh. Nanny statist Republican, Peter King, is already calling for the sale of ball bearings and beauty products to be reported to the police.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/rep-pete-king-merchants-selling-ball-bearings-beauty-products-should-notify-police

RickW April 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I wish I could thank you for this link, Susan……..but I can’t. I can see it now “Drop that Clearasil, kid or you’re dead!”

CiscoKid April 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Scott.
If large soft drinks can be banned, anything is possible.

mo1 April 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

Well know we know why he passed up the opportunity to travel to London for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

Julie Brueckheimer April 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

Obama admitted it, or at least used it as an excuse. He was giving all his time to gun control, and Biden and the Mooch couldn’t go because they are his point men.

Susan April 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

Terrorist attack or no, the mission of the money-grubbing career politician is never daunted.

Biden vs Hillary? That contest should be energizing to all the young people the Marxist pied piper has mesmerized into voting Democrat. Democrats are getting to be worse than the RINOs. Here I thought only the establishment Republicans propped up geriatric patients for political office.

RickW April 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

LMAO Biden will be used as fodder for Hillary and then led off in a straight jacket in 2016, a garment he should be wearing now.

LauraG April 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

Living in Maryland, you can’t forget to put O’Malley in the running. Lookout all states, as you’ll be taxed for “rain water”, too, if he’s elected!

pianogirl88 April 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I predict by the time 2016 gets here, Martin O’Moneybags will have figured out how to tax the very air we breathe!

Lizzy April 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

We have a driveway tax I wanted to cover the garage and
sod over the driveway for spite but to costly fun but costly.

AZ Granny April 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

It’s appalling that this donor’s building celebration and gun control were thought more important (to keep the money flowing) than to represent the USA at Thatcher’s funeral. Not that Biden would have been much representation anyhow.

Julie Brueckheimer April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

IMHO Schultz and Baker represented us well; Biden would not have.

nellyq April 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

Ole Plugs would have been an embarrassment–as usual.

Lindy April 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Joe Bite Me would have probably been photographed falling asleep during the funeral. I think he’s done that before.

srdem65 April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

The machiavelli plotters within the Dem arena must have something devious in mind by allowing MrBiden to promote himself as a viable candidate in 2016. Considering their historic efficiency in destroying candidates they don’t like, they might have to tread a fine line with a sitting VP. Still, any support or funds that MrBiden can garner won’t help their annointed candidate, MrsClinton, and that could be a problem.

As friend Susan notes, the Dems seem to be stuck with the geriatric crowd and that might not play well with the new demographics of voters.

RickW April 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

Can a “casting call” in a few months among community organizers throughout the land be far behind? “YO! Any of you chumps wanna be Prez? Sign up here!”

Playrighter April 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

Speaking of casting calls, Biden looks to be headed to Hollywood if his political career ends. Chris Dodd now runs the MPAA — which will now supposedly protect our children from all the violent images of those hypocrites who spend their time railing against violent images imitating their violent images. And have you noticed how great Biden has become at the “deadly serious glare”, the “heart on sleeve tearing up”, and the “buddy, let’s beer up” facial expressions? He’s a sure thing for a rookie Oscar. He must be taking acting lessons on the side.

As to Angelos — just think what the press would say about that spending if his name happened to be Koch.

RickW April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

(Joe to his agent in late 2016) “Duck Dynasty?……..American Pickers?……Golly, guy I was hoping to become Gibbs’ boss on NCIS!”

Susan April 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

Keep a wary eye on the Castro twins from Texas. As lunch bucket Joe once described Preezy, they are “articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy[s]“. Their mother helped form La Raza, so they have been well-schooled in the guerrilla warfare of Marxist politics.

DeniseVB April 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Surprised he didn’t call for a ban on assault pressure cookers.

We’re still learning about the Boston victims, the nation’s still healing and haven’t caught the bad guys yet. More Ricin showing up in mail now. Good for some jokes, eh Uncle Joe?

RickW April 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Knowing Joe as we do…….”So I told my wife, Jill, load up the pressure cooker and fire the pot roast at an intruder!…(crazed laughter) …I got a million of them, Folks!”

Danceswithtruth April 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Too bad they didn’t have any “pressure cooker free zone” signs up. That surely would have prevented this atrocious act.

rulierose April 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

“I’m here all week. And remember to tip your server.”

nellyq April 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Don’t forget all those weaponized nails and ball bearings–we must do something about them, too!!

RickW April 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Not until we rid the world of crock pots, Nellyq

rulierose April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

why do people give money to Biden? if I was a mega-donor, I would give Biden as much as he himself gives to charity, which is like .0000006 of his annual salary.

Joe B June 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

That’s a dumb question….