A national effort to draft Vice President Joe Biden into the presidential race is picking up steam in northern New England with prominent Democrats from Maine and New Hampshire joining forces with the Draft Biden Super PAC, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The PAC has announced that it has named New Hampshire state Rep. Dan Eaton to be Biden’s director in that state, and Mike Cuzzi, a familiar face in Maine politics, as a New England strategist.
Cuzzi, who is senior vice president of VOX Global in New England, has previously been active in Maine campaigns as a supporter of Democratic presidential candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama. He is also a frequent voice in media and conversations around Maine elections, including the 2014 gubernatorial race.
Cuzzi’s professional relationship with Biden has developed over years, including to 2008 when Cuzzi worked with the Biden family at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. His wife, Heather Cuzzi, held a similar role with the Bidens during the 2008 inauguration.
“We have always been big fans of Joe Biden and I believe there is no such thing as having too many candidates in a race,” said Cuzzi. “For me personally, this isn’t about being anti-Hillary. Secretary Clinton has clear strengths and appeal. This is about being pro-Joe Biden.”
Biden has been testing the waters on a presidential run for months, though talk about his candidacy is intensifying as holes have begun to appear in support for Hillary Clinton. He has not yet committed to the race and has said he is weighing the effect it would have on his family in the wake of the death of his son, Beau Biden.
Note (6 p.m. 09/15/15): I have fixed a couple of errors I made about Mike and Heather’s backgrounds in a previous version of this post.