WASHINGTON (CNN) - With less than five months before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Joe Biden is retooling his presidential fundraising operation in an effort to raise more money for what is expected to be a costly and divisive stretch run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Dennis Toner, a longtime Biden fundraiser, takes over for Chris Koerner to run the day-to-day finance operation, a Biden aide confirmed to CNN. Koerner will stay on with the campaign and focus heavily on raising money from trial lawyers. News of the Biden restructuring was first reported Wednesday by The Washington Post.
Biden is also seeking to increase his financial strength in the Northeast, assigning larger roles to Paula Levine, a New York fundraiser, and Mary Liz Kane, Sen. Ted Kennedy's Boston fundraiser.
Biden has raised approximately $4.4 million since the beginning of the year - less than all the other Democratic candidates except for Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel. As of June 30, he has $2.8 million cash on hand.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Go get 'em, Joe! Our country needs someone with the intellect, wisdom, and common sense of Sen. Biden more than ever. I am absolutely baffled as to why he is not among the 1st tier of Democratic candidates, despite excellent reviews of his debate performances, decades of experience, and command of the issues. With concerns about Iraq weighing this country down morally and financially, Sen. Biden is just what we need to fix what ails us. He is also extremely competent – something Americans have not experienced vis a vis the poor "leadership" that currently occupies the White House. Go Joe Biden!!!
It’s discouraging that a Senator with unrivaled foreign policy achievements and tremendous personal charm is struggling to gain traction in an election process dominated by money and sound-bites. Joe Biden is in his sixth term in the Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. He has advanced the ONLY substantiative plan for ending the war and solving the political crisis in Iraq – a federation with soft partitions and shared oil revenue, with gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops.
While Senator Biden doesn’t always have the best political instincts, (he says what he thinks), he’s reasonable, likeable and funny – just the kind of guy we’d like to see in our living rooms for the next four or eight years. I fear that Joe Biden is too honest, intelligent and subtle to succeed in a national campaign, but I hope undecided American voters will take a look at his experience, personality and positions and give him the serious consideration he truly deserves.
Here’s a link to Senator Biden’s web site:
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