BREAKING: Joe Biden’s Senate Replacement Named

From The Hill:

Ted Kaufman, a longtime friend and adviser to Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), will fill the vice president-elect’s seat in the Senate, according to the Delaware TalkBlog.

Speculation has been that the governor might appoint a placeholder for the seat so that Biden’s son, state Attorney General Beau Biden (D), can run for it in two years — following his return from a deployment to Iraq.

Multiple sources told the blog that Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) has chosen Kaufman to serve the two-year term. She’s scheduled to make an announcement about Biden’s seat Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Kaufman was a senior adviser to Biden during his 2008 presidential and vice presidential campaigns. He served as Biden’s Senate chief of staff for 19 years, from 1973 to 1994. He is a member of the President-elect Obama and Biden’s transition team. Kaufman is also the president of a Wilmington, Del., political consulting firm, Public Strategies, and has been a charter member of the federal Broadcasting Board of Governors.

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Kaufman is also a lecturer at Duke University’s law school.

Like I said a few weeks ago, Kaufman is most likely going to be a caretaker– he will probably hold the seat for two years and step down, allowing Beau Biden to run in 2010.

The younger Biden recently said he wouldn’t accept an appointment to the seat, but that of course doesn’t rule out him running for it, which I fully expect him to do.

Still no decision on who will replace President-Elect Barack Obama or future Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Senate.