Delaware Attorney General and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, Beau Biden, announced that he is not seeking re-election as Attorney General and will toss his hat in the ring in the Governor's race in 2016, according to ABC News on Thursday. Biden is forty-five years old and suffered a mild stroke in 2010. He is an attorney, a former JAG officer and politician and heir to a political legacy of success that began with his father's election to the New Castle County Council in 1970.
Biden is a strong advocate of gun control and as Attorney General introduced legislation prohibiting access to guns by the mentally ill. The Delaware Legislature allowed the bill to die despite Biden's best efforts to affect its passage.
Although Biden has not yet outlined all of his political views for reporters, he has announced that he plans to continue serving as Attorney General while running for Governor. Biden stated:
“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. Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek reelection as your Attorney General this November.”
Biden's stroke was classified as a transient ischemic attack or TIA. A TIA is considered a mild stroke and usually strikes victims who are over forty-five years old; although Biden was only forty-one at the time of his TIA.
Symptoms of a TIA include:
1) Sudden and unexpected weakness or paralysis in the face, arms, legs or one side of the body.
2) Slurred or labored speech.
3) Sudden blindness or double vision.
4) Dizziness, loss of balance and/or muscular coordination.
Beau Biden's political plans for the next eighteen months or so are known as he launches his gubernatorial campaign. His father Joe Biden's plans, however, are unknown at this time as Hillary Clinton rises to increasing prominence as a likely Democratic Presidential candidate in 2016. Joe Biden served in the United States Senate for years and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination several times before being nominated as President Obama's Vice-Presidential candidate.