According to a report from Politico, U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN) has indicated his intention to initiate a campaign aimed at challenging President Biden in the Democratic primary.
Phillips has persistently advocated for an alternate candidate to President Biden in the upcoming 2024 election, presenting a roster of Democratic governors as potential successors.
“I would like to see a moderate governor, hopefully from the heartland – from one of the four states that Democrats will need,” Phillips told then-Meet The Press host Chuck Todd this past August.
“So like Gretchen Whitmer? You’d like to see her? Or is it Tim Walz, your home state governor? Tony Evers? Help me out here,” Todd inquired further. Phillips concurred with the aforementioned candidates, expressing his approval by describing them as “great.” Additionally, he put forth the name of Josh Shapiro, the recently elected Governor of Pennsylvania, as another potential candidate.
Phillips stated that “Some people have asked me that I not use their names because of this institutional fear that it might impact you down the road. This is the time to meet the moment.”
Despite the presence of multiple polls suggesting that Democratic voters may be open to considering an alternate candidate to Joe Biden, it is noteworthy that no prominent contender has emerged to challenge his candidacy.
The incumbent president is currently seeing opposition from individuals aligned with the left, such as Cornel West, an associate of Bernie Sanders, novelist Marianne Williamson, and far-left pundit Cenk Uygur. However, the president’s position has strengthened considerably with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s decision to withdraw from the Democratic primary campaign and pursue an independent candidacy.
Phillips has recently indicated his intention to potentially contest President Biden’s position, so eliciting discontent among his Democratic counterparts.
Based on a story published by Politico, Phillips has initiated communication with Democratic individuals in New Hampshire, as well as prospective personnel for a potential presidential campaign.
Additionally, he has informed a small number of his fellow House members about his intention to participate in the electoral competition.
Phillips has engaged individuals such as Steve Schmidt, a former Republican strategist for John McCain and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, as well as Bill Fletcher, a Democratic consultant headquartered in Tennessee.
If Phillips decides to enter the contest, he is anticipated to encounter significant opposition from the Democratic Party. The candidate will encounter obstacles related to ballot access, as he has already failed to meet the deadline in some states.
Recently, “Biden came under fire for deceitfully adding a temporary Cabinet member to the presidential succession,” as we reported.
Sen. Katie Britt, a Republican from Alabama, chastised him in a harsh statement released on Wednesday for violating the Constitution by wrongfully promoting interim Labor Secretary Julie Su to the position of succession.
“The Biden Administration continues to attempt to rule by unilateral decree rather than govern with the advice and consent of Congress,” Britt said.
Su is a temporary department head who hasn’t been confirmed by the Senate, the senator, an attorney on the Senate Rules Committee, pointed out.
Su “doesn’t even have adequate support from members of her own party in the Senate to be confirmed as Secretary of Labor,” Britt wrote.
She schortched the Biden administration for “seemingly asserting both that it can freely ignore the will of the Senate by keeping Ms. Su in place indefinitely as Acting Secretary, and that Ms. Su could instantaneously ascend from her current role to serve as President of the United States.”
The senator emphasized that an officer who is “appointed, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate” is the only one who can become president while serving in the Cabinet.
Despite the Senate declining to confirm Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su these past 218 days (and counting), the White House now lists her in the presidential line of succession. I led 29 colleagues in demanding an explanation.
— Senator Katie Boyd Britt (@SenKatieBritt) October 18, 2023
Su is ranked ninth among executive branch nominees to the presidency on the White House website, should Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the seven Cabinet officials ranked above her be unable to hold the office. (The vice president is first in line of succession, followed by the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate.)
It’s interesting to see that CIA Director William Burns, Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg are all placed lower than the interim labor secretary.
Britt and 29 of her Senate colleagues sent a sharply worded letter to President Biden on Tuesday, expressing their “grave concerns” over the Su move.
He was reminded in the letter that “Congress has the authority to set the presidential line of succession beyond the Vice President—a power that it exercised with passage of the Presidential Succession Act of 1947—pursuant to Article II of the Constitution.”
Additionally, it emphasized that Biden cannot arbitrarily and unilaterally insert anyone into the presidential line of succession.
“As you are well aware, since March 14, 2023, the United States Senate has declined to confirm Ms. Su’s nomination as Secretary of Labor, and she continues to lack adequate support from both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate to be confirmed to that position,” the letter said.
“While you and your Administration have clearly decided to ignore congressional intent in keeping Ms. Su in place in her current role, it would be unfortunate if you have decided to further discount congressional intent — and violate the law — by taking the position that Ms. Su is eligible for placement in the presidential line of succession,” it said.
Julie Su has neither been elected by the American people nor confirmed to a Cabinet post by the people’s elected representatives. Yet, this Administration now suggests she can instantaneously be elevated to the Presidency of the United States. pic.twitter.com/vE7wuyviSa
— Senator Katie Boyd Britt (@SenKatieBritt) October 18, 2023
The senators denounced Biden for his heinously authoritarian action and urged him to replace Su as Labor Secretary nominee with someone who can secure enough support from both parties to be confirmed by the Senate.
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