U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN), as reported by Politico, has declared his intention to launch a campaign with the objective of contesting President Biden in the Democratic primary.
Phillips has consistently advocated for the nomination of an alternative candidate to President Biden in the 2024 election, providing a list of prospective Democratic governors in his support.
“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.”
Notwithstanding the existence of numerous polls indicating that Democratic voters might be receptive to contemplating an alternative candidate to Joe Biden, it is salient that no prominent contender has materialized to contest his candidacy.
Presently, the incumbent president faces opposition from left-leaning individuals, including novelist Marianne Williamson, associate of Bernie Sanders with Cornel West, and far-left commentator Cenk Uygur. On the contrary, the president’s stance has been significantly fortified subsequent to the withdrawal of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from the Democratic primary campaign in order to pursue an independent candidacy.
Phillips has recently declared his prospective candidacy for the presidency of Joe Biden, causing discontent among his Democratic colleagues.
Phillips has commenced correspondence with Democratic individuals residing in New Hampshire, in addition to potential personnel for a hypothetical presidential campaign, in reference to an article published by Politico.
He has further disclosed his intention to participate in the electoral competition to a limited subset of his fellow House members.
Steve Schmidt, a former Republican strategist for John McCain and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, and Bill Fletcher, a Democratic consultant based in Tennessee, are two of the individuals Phillips has employed.
Upon making the decision to participate, Phillips is expected to face substantial opposition from the Democratic Party. The candidate is likely to face challenges pertaining to ballot access, given that he has already fallen short of the deadline in certain jurisdictions.
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.