EARLY LINE 2016
Updated: June 29, 2015
Delaware is entering Politics A.B. -- After Beau.
It shook itself into existence last week with a couple of moves from New Castle County officeholders who have their sights set on statewide office.
Chris Bullock, the Democratic president of the County Council, let it be known he would run for lieutenant governor, and Trini Navarro, the Democratic sheriff, went all the way and flat-out announced for insurance commissioner.
What is it about New Castle County government that people cannot wait to get out of there?
Chris Coons pulled off a hail-Mary campaign to be a Democratic senator. Tom Kovach, who had already pressed his luck, getting elected County Council president as a Republican in a special election, nevertheless bolted for an unwinnable congressional race.
Now it is Bullock and Navarro and a bunch of people holding their breath about Tom Gordon, who could stay put as the Democratic county executive or go for governor.
These are strange times. Ten years ago, it looked like there were more up-and-comers than state politics could make room for.
Jack Markell was the Democratic treasurer. John Carney was the Democratic lieutenant governor. Matt Denn was the Democratic insurance commissioner. Chris Coons was the Democratic county executive. Beau Biden was on his way to getting elected as the Democratic attorney general.
It came to pass that Markell would be governor, Carney a congressman and maybe the next governor, Denn an attorney general after a stop as lieutenant governor, Coons a senator, and Beau Biden would lie in eternal honor.
As Beau was fond of quoting, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."
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