DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, says he won't seek to that post this year. Instead, he plans to run for governor in 2016.
"For the past eight years, you have given me the privilege of serving as your Attorney General," Biden said in an announcement statement. "As your Attorney General I have done my best to remain true to the core values I believe define public service - honesty, integrity, and doing right by the people I serve."
"Part of doing right by you is being straight with you about my future plans. After careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not right to ask for your support in 2014, knowing that my focus would be divided between doing my job as Attorney General while at the same time running as a candidate for governor," the statement said.
Beau, 45, has been the First State's attorney general since 2007. Some saw him as a shoo-in to win a third-term.
"We admire the attorney general about his intentions to run for governor," said Courtney McGregor, communications director for the Delaware Democratic Party. "We're proud of him for his honesty on his future goals."
McGregor says this gives the opportunity for other people to run for AG. And John Fluharty, executive director of the statewide GOP, agrees.
"This unclogs the power pipeline at the very top of Delaware state government," he said. "It's going to allow for a race with new ideas and new people on both sides of the aisle."
McGregor would not comment on how the announcement will affect Democrats in the 2016 gubernatorial race. That race could include other high-level contenders, like Rep. John Carney, the state's lone US representative and former lieutenant governor, and Matt Denn, Delaware's current lieutenant governor.
In a statement Sen. Chris Coons said, “Beau Biden has been an effective Attorney General and I’m sorry to see him leave this critical law enforcement office. He has a lot to offer our state and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Biden's run for governor will include hurdles. Convincing voters he's healthy enough for the job might be the biggest. Biden had a mild stroke in 2010. He was also hospitalized this past summer. Doctors in Texas removed a small lesion from his brain.
Not having to face another election until 2016 also puts some distance between Biden and recent issues involving his office. Those include action taken in the child sex abuse case of a du Pont family heir and apparent problems with the state medical examiner's office's handling of drug evidence.
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