Josh Alcorn, a close confidant and adviser to the late Beau Biden, is joining a group hoping to get Vice President Joe Biden to run for president in 2016.
Will Pierce, Draft Biden’s executive director, confirmed the news on Sunday.
“I’m thrilled that Josh is joining Draft Biden,” he said. “Biden supporters across the country know how close he was to Beau and his family. Josh joining the Draft Biden effort only increases the seriousness nature of what to date has been an enormously successful effort.”
Alcorn, who currently runs a political and fundraising consulting firm in Wilmington, Delaware, will be a senior adviser to the Run Biden Run campaign. He previously served as senior adviser to Beau Biden during his time as attorney general and worked as the financial director and later senior adviser to Beau Biden’s gubernatorial campaign.
The move comes amid speculation that Biden might launch another presidential bid. CNN reported Friday that Biden has yet to rule out a campaign and is likely to wait beyond August to decide.
Alcorn didn’t respond to a request for comment. His hire was first reported by NBC News.
Alcorn first worked for the Bidens during the vice president’s 2008 presidential campaign.
His addition should help the group that has struggled in fundraising since launching in March. The group has only raised roughly $100,000 to date, despite telling CNN in March that they hoped to raise $5-6 million by the end of the year.