Despite hardly anyone wanting him to, Joe Biden is insisting he plans on running for a second term as President of the United States.
That decision is opening the sitting President up for betrayal from some of his closest allies.
And now these three high-ranking Democrats are sharpening their knives as they stare at Biden’s back.
Say it ain’t so, Joe!
President Joe Biden and his White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre keep saying the President plans to run for re-election.
This despite only about a third of Americans approving of the job Biden is doing, and even 64% of Democrats not wanting him to run again according to The New York Times.
Other prominent Democrats can see the writing on the wall and are moving behind the scenes to prepare for a 2024 Presidential bid.
Including Biden’s own Vice President, Kamala Harris.
The wolves are beginning to circle
CNBC is reporting Vice President Harris, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis have all been lighting up the phones reaching out to top Democrat donors and fundraisers.
According to the CNBC report, a Wall Street executive who fundraised for Biden’s 2020 campaign said he has heard from both Newsom and Harris in recent weeks.
The report went on to detail that Harris has been in touch with at least two wealthy friends.
The first is Vanessa Getty, a model and wife of Billy Getty, an heir to the billionaire Getty family.
She’s also met with Laurene Powell Jobs, a billionaire businesswoman and widow of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Meanwhile, Newsom is making moves of his own, beyond running ads targeting Ron DeSantis in Florida – a questionable move for a California Governor, if he didn’t have national political ambitions.
CNBC reports Heather Podesta, the longtime lobbyist and Democrat Party fundraiser, is set to host Newsom and Colorado Governor Jared Polis at her home in Santa Monica this week with a minimum of 125 wealthy donors in attendance.
Polis has said he’s not planning to run for the White House.
And Newsom has stated he won’t challenge Biden – should the President opt to seek re-election.
However, actions speak louder than words.
But before 2024 . . .
Both Polis and Newsom would first have to survive their own re-election efforts in 2022 – but neither appears to be in great jeopardy of losing at this time.
Newsom narrowly escaped a recall effort in the Golden State in September of last year.
Meanwhile, Harris would be an interesting choice for Democrat donors to back, considering her embarrassing poll numbers make Biden’s look strong by comparison.
Harris ran for President in 2020 and was considered one of the frontrunners in the Democrat primary.
However, she failed to connect with voters and was the first major candidate to bow out of the race.
President Biden has not set a time-table on formally announcing his 2024 plans, but traditionally that wouldn’t happen until after the Midterm elections in November.