By Ian Bush
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has higher aspirations. He plans a run for the governor’s office in 2016, but serious questions remain over his health.
Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son suffered a mild stroke four years ago. Last summer, Beau Biden was admitted to a cancer center in Texas, where doctors say they removed a ‘small lesion’ from his brain.
Even though physicians gave him a ‘clean bill of health,’ he’s since made few public appearances, and hasn’t discussed his condition or any treatment he’s getting.
Biden’s announcement that he would seek the First State’s highest office instead of a third term as top cop came not in a news conference, but in a statement on his office’s website. Interviews have been requested, but not granted.
“We’re proud of him for his honesty about his goals and giving other people the opportunity to run for office,” says Courtney McGregor, with the Delaware Democratic Party.
Molly Magarik, Biden’s political director, told KYW Newsradio that “health played no part in this decision” not to seek re-election to the AG’s office. She wouldn’t reveal whether any treatment was ongoing, and wouldn’t comment on his condition besides restating Biden’s “clean bill of health” as noted in a November 2013 statement from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
McGregor, too, believes Biden’s health should not be a factor:
“His doctors have given him a clean bill of health, and there’s really no need to speculate on that topic.”
Term limits prevent Delaware Governor Jack Markell from running again.