It’s not that uncommon to have a fundraiser for a presidential candidate in the Rehoboth area. But what is unusual is for the candidate to appear in person! That’s exactly what happened this past Friday when former V.P. Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attended the first Biden presidential campaign fundraiser to be held in Delaware!
Some people thought it was a wedding reception when they saw the line of guests start to arrive at the home of Peter Shields and Ace Werner on Norfolk Street. According to the News Journal, Shields is a managing partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm. The fundraiser was a low-profile event. There was no obvious police or security presence, no yellow police-line tape or traffic cones reserving VIP parking spaces and no threatening EMERGENCY NO-PARKING signs!
The event was scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. As guests packed the backyard, a handful of curious onlookers gathered and watched from a distance, wondering when the Bidens might arrive.
They were not disappointed. Around 6:08 p.m., a black Cadillac Escalade made its way down Norfolk Street and that is when the popular couple popped out of the SUV and prepared to make their entrance!
They greeted and spoke with the crowd in the backyard, estimated by news reports to be around 275. The minimum contribution was $1,000.
The Bidens posed for photographs with various guests. Here is Rehoboth Beach Comm.-Elect Edward Chrzanowski.
Many enthusiastic youngsters greeted guests as they arrived on the corner and at the house. Here are local volunteers Emily Copeland, Saylar McGuiness, Lee Elle Aboutboul, Stormy McGuiness and Baylan McGuiness at the end of the Bidens’ visit.
“I was proud to co-host this event with U.S. Senator Tom Carper and Attorney General Kathy Jennings and others showing Delaware is behind Joe Biden,” says Hon. Kathy McGuiness, state auditor. “Hundreds of supporters know that we need Joe Biden as our Democratic nominee,” she added!
Photos courtesy Comm.-Elect Edward Chrzanowski, Hon. Kathy McGuiness and others