Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) has seen and heard enough of Joe Biden.
Phillips is expected to announce his candidacy for president of the United States on Friday, then head to New Hampshire to put his name on the ballot.
Friday is the last day for candidates to file to be eligible for the election in New Hampshire.
Phillips is a nice alternative to Biden for Democrats who do not want to vote for the octogenarian president.
He is a 54-year-old millionaire who co-founded Talenti, the gelato company. He sold the company for an unknown amount in 2014.
He then founded Penny’s Coffee, a chain that has two locations in Minnesota.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Dave Scanlan could not confirm Phillips’ plan to register for the election, stating, "He has not actually scheduled a time with my office. I know that he has scheduled some space on the front lawn of the statehouse.”
This presents a really interesting situation for Joe Biden, who has not filed in New Hampshire, caving to the far left in the party who want to remove New Hampshire as the first voting state.
New Hampshire has held this honor for about a century, and even though Iowa technically goes first, it still runs a caucus, so New Hampshire gets to brag about its “first in the nation” status.
Biden and Democrats say the state is not diverse enough to have that honor, so Biden did not register and New Hampshire now stands to be stripped of half of its electoral delegates for not falling in line with the DNC.
It is interesting that if Phillips is the only Democrat on the ballot, he would more than likely take the state unless Biden was able to get enough write-in votes to counter him, and New Hampshire Democrat leaders are also talking about mounting a massive write-in campaign for Biden, so that could actually happen.
Phillips, however, missed the filing deadline in Nevada, so his name would not appear on that ballot.
The Minnesota Democrat removed himself from his position as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee in September when he first mentioned that he was considering a run for president.