The Biden beat
At least one Sneed source in the Biden camp says Vice President Joe Biden, who has been huddling with his family and closest allies to discuss the feasibility of a presidential run, is this/close to going all in.
“It’s not about Hillary, it’s about the fact this is his time to do it,” said a Sneed source close to the Biden family.
“Quite frankly, Biden feels he got the green light from President Obama to run, which was interpreted as encouraging an open process — but it got the Biden troops very excited,” said the source.
“All Joe Biden needs is a spot on the presidential debate podium to show his prodigious chops,” the source said. “Even if he doesn’t win the nomination, it will open up and strengthen the process.”
Sneed’s top Dem sources within the Hillary camp are hearing Biden is definitely leaning toward a run. They are also hearing from Hillary donors nervous about her ability to capture the office.
“Squeamish would be a more accurate word,” a top Dem adviser told Sneed, referring to Hillary’s donor pile.
Meanwhile, Brad Bauman, a spokesman for the national Draft Biden movement, tells Sneed his organization is sending reps to Minneapolis on Thursday and Friday to meet with delegates and super delegates attending the Democratic National Committee summer meetings in anticipation of Biden getting into the presidential sweepstakes.
“We are telling the delegates at this point to keep an open mind and not commit to any one Democratic candidate,” Bauman told Sneed. “It is far too early for anyone to be considered a presumptive nominee.”
• Leaving no stone unturned: Although Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be attending the DNC summer meeting this week, veep Biden put in an appearance as well . . . albeit a phone appearance.
Biden, who is heading to a fundraiser in New York, invited hundreds of DNC members to a conference call Wednesday to discuss the nuclear agreement provisions with Iran to showcase his role in the proceedings as a White House initiative, said a Sneed source.
In … and out?
Sneed has learned that Sam Adam Jr., the brazen and colorful attorney who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his first corruption trial, may not have the quintessential “fire in the belly” needed to run for Cook County state’s attorney.
• Translation: Sneed tipped last November Adam was putting together a campaign to run against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez — and had picked his famous father’s pocket to run after being approached by local politicians to do so. Adam verified the report back then.
• Further translation: “Don’t be surprised if Sam opts not to run,” said a source close to Adam.
It’s no secret the late comedian Joan Rivers liked living in the style of a queen.
Now comes word via the New York tabloid press, Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Fahd just bought her 5,100 square foot digs in Manhattan for $28 million bucks!
Da prince apparently is doing a gut job to Rivers’ over-the-top faux Versailles accoutrements, dontchaknow.
Justin & Jennifer
Actor Justin Theroux had this to say about his recent marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston: “I’m very happy. It’s nice to be able to look down and see a new piece of jewelry on my finger.”
The iconic band Chicago was spotted at an outdoor lunch at Alex Dana’s Rosebud on Rush with their manager Pete Schivarelli after attending the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Horses of Honor event Monday … Former Gov. George Ryan and Sister Sheila Lyne spotted celebrating Hedy Ratner’s 74th birthday at Francesca’s restaurant in Oak Lawn.
Thursday’s birthdays: Paul Reubens, 63; Aaron Paul, 36, and Sarah Chalke, 39.
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