VP’s campaign manager JCI on leaving VP, Trump’s tweets: ‘It’s a matter of ethics’
VP Joe Biden’s campaign chairman Joe Biden resigned Tuesday night, leaving the embattled campaign manager at the center of an escalating feud with Donald Trump.
Biden had been seeking a replacement for Katie Packer, the VP candidate who was ousted last week amid reports that she was involved in a prostitution ring and a secret relationship with a man who allegedly trafficked her.
“The vice president and his team are deeply disappointed in Katie Packers resignation, and have decided to vacate her campaign,” a Biden spokesman said in a statement.
“Katie has spent the last six months working tirelessly to win this election, and has worked tirelessly to bring people together across the country.
We will continue to serve this country as best as we can, and we look forward to working with her team to build a better tomorrow.”
The campaign had announced that Biden had retained former GOP National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie to run his 2020 campaign.
Packer was a frequent critic of Trump and was critical of the former president’s response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalist rally last year.
“I am disappointed that the vice president chose to leave the campaign, but I will do everything I can to support Joe Biden and the vice presidency going forward,” Packer said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press.
“We have been working with him on our campaign for months, and his campaign has been the best in the state of Virginia.
We are looking forward to helping him run the campaign for the next president and we will continue working together to make sure our voices are heard.”
Biden and his wife, Jill, announced in September that they were leaving the campaign.
Their last day on the campaign trail was Tuesday, and Biden did not appear to be in the public eye.
“Joe is the best person to lead the country in the White House,” Packers said in September.
“He’s the only one who can get things done.
We’re all going to miss him, but we will always love him.
We love Joe.”
Biden, who served in the Obama administration, is widely expected to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.
The vice president was expected to announce his candidacy Tuesday, but he did not.
The Associated Post reported that Biden has privately told people close to him that he will not run for president.
Biden’s exit comes as Packer has struggled to maintain her footing.
She announced on Thursday that she had been fired from her job as a community engagement director for a local high school in Michigan.
She also told the AP that she planned to resign from the campaign over allegations of plagiarism.
Packers has previously said that she is not a racist, and that she would not comment on Trump.
“While I was fired for plagiarism, I am not a white supremacist, I’m not a sexist, and I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” she told The Associated News in September 2016.
“It’s an incredible shame that this kind of nonsense would be allowed to happen in politics.
And I feel the American people deserve better.”
The Biden campaign had said that the campaign would be stepping down “in the coming weeks,” but did not provide further details.
The decision came amid the ongoing investigations into allegations of impropriety involving Packer and Trump, which have centered on the presidential campaign of Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president who is also running for vice president.