Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Tom Carper are both on a political tear that even a re-election run couldn’t cure.
And then there’s New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon – a descriptor I haven’t used in eight years – who seems, at least on the surface, to be getting back to his old tricks.
Biden, for his part, actually seems to be having fun in his second and final term as vice president. He turned the swearing in of the 114th Congress into something of a political slumber party, complete with jokes, wisecracks and bi-partisan digs. At one point last Thursday, Biden resorted to calling everyone “mother” because of the number of kids and grandkids in the gallery.
He also has spent more at dedications and testimonials in Delaware then he ever did as U.S. senator. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I wish he had shown as much interest in Delaware before he became VP. My guess is he didn’t figure he needed Delaware “connections” as senator but is now sharing his Delaware and Pennsylvania ties to support the president.
Carper was one of three Democrats to vote against the so-called “fiscal cliff” legislation last week. The other five were Republicans, for whatever reason.
The day of the vote Carper refused comment from the local media on he voted against the proposal. It took him two days to “explain” his vote, which I found dense and obtuse.
Gordon is now in his third three-year term (it’s a bit unclear, but he may be eligible to run again in 2016. Stay tuned for that.). Gordon’s latest administrative assistant, Dave Gimaldi, is considered by some as a little bit looney when it comes to certain subjects. For instance, he’s a smoker and has overturned Gordon’s directive to outlaw puffing on cigarettes while on the county government campus.
As a former smoker, I’m not a fan of these draconian measures that outlaw smoking outside and even in your own car. But smoking cigarettes can be dangerous to nearby people. Having a restricted area to light up outside makes sense.
Gordon and Gilmaldi seem to be going backwards on this issue by designating an area outside the cafeteria as a smoking location. Gordon and Gilmaldi have also fired and then rehired two important officials, one part-time.
And everybody thought poor Paul Clark was given so little time to clear out (he was) when Gordon took over. Maybe it was Gordon who moved too fast in this scenario.