Biden’s 2020 king­mak­er ham­mers Dean Phillips attempt to usurp Demo­c­ra­t­ic crown

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D‑SC), a key ally of Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, ham­mered Rep. Dean Phillips (D‑MN) over his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.
Clyburn, the House assis­tant Demo­c­ra­t­ic leader, derid­ed Phillip­s’s deci­sion to run as “very, very dis­re­spect­ful,” he told Politi­co. He played a key role in hav­ing Biden win the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion in 2020 due to a well-timed endorse­ment after a string of pri­ma­ry embar­rass­ments.
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Clyburn was also enraged by Phillip­s’s deci­sion to take advan­tage of Biden’s absence from the New Hamp­shire pri­ma­ry bal­lot, which is due to a com­pli­cat­ed feud between the state and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Com­mit­tee. Phillip­s’s appear­ance on the bal­lot would be near­ly guar­an­teed to win him the state.
“I think Dean Phillips has a huge oppor­tu­ni­ty here to just crack the Demo­c­rat Par­ty wide open,” Gov. Chris Sununu (R‑NH) said last week.
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Mean­while, Phillips has been beef­ing up his cam­paign, tap­ping Jeff Weaver, a cen­tral fig­ure in Sen. Bernie Sander­s’s (I‑VT) pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns, …