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Joe Biden and Jill leave the White House for an unannounced trip back to Wilmington on Air Force One to vote in Dem Primary – where they will spend just over an hour on the ground before returning to DC
- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House Tuesday night for an unannounced trip back to Wilmington to vote in the primaries.
- There’s Only One Controversial Race In Delaware — That Of State Auditor — And Dramatically A Convicted Criminal Is Involved
- The White House only announced Biden would make the trek after the motorcade left the South Lawn driveway
- The White House remained silent about the reason for the trip, but the president revealed it on the tarmac: “To vote!” he told reporters
President Joe Biden and Jill Biden left the White House Tuesday night for an unannounced trip back to Wilmington, Delaware, to vote in the state’s Democratic primary.
The White House didn’t announce that the Bidens would make the trek until after the motorcade left the South Lawn ramp—because the Marine One takeoff area was still set up for the earlier Inflation Reduction Act event.
The White House gave no reason for the trip, but the president revealed it on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews: “To vote!” he told reporters.
It’s primary election day in Biden’s home state.
There is only one contentious race in Delaware – that of state auditor – and dramatically a convicted criminal is involved.
The incumbent, Kathleen McGuiness, is being challenged by Lydia York after a jury found McGuiness guilty in July on three felony charges: conflict of interest, official misconduct and non-compliance with state procurement law.
In fact, the state’s Democratic head of government, John Carney, is on the cusp of removing McGuiness from office after she’s convicted — but if she wins the primaries and general election on Tuesday, she could take her job back.
President Joe Biden and Jill Biden left the White House Tuesday night for an unannounced trip back to Wilmington, Delaware
State auditor Kathleen McGuiness (left), who was convicted in July of their crimes, uses a photo of President Joe Biden (right) eating ice cream on her official campaign website
The jury found her not guilty of the felony of theft and harassment.
It was the first time a sitting elected official had been convicted in Delaware, according to Delaware’s Cape Gazette.
The charges stem from McGuiness’s hiring her daughter — at a time when employees had left the government due to short-time work — and depositing her salary into a joint bank account.
McGuiness broke state government procurement laws by giving a group called My Campaign Group a no-bid contract when she shouldn’t have, with prosecutors insisting that the receipts were structured in such a way as to avoid punishment. to prevent.
The theft charge was based on McGuiness sharing a back account with her daughter, which turned out to be a starter bank account that parents often open for their children.
Crime harassment charges were based on allegations that McGuiness harassed employees who questioned the hiring of her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.
On the main page of her campaign website, McGuiness has a photo of her posing with Biden, eating an ice cream cone.
York, McGuiness’ rival on the Democratic vote, has played a major role in Delaware’s Democratic politics in recent years and would become the third black person to hold a statewide election.
York would be treasurer Chip Flowers and the incumbent Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester to follow.