Dean Phillips, a former businessman and Minnesota Congressman, has recently thrown his hat into the ring for the presidency. He’s taking on the incumbent, President Joe Biden, in the primary, a move that’s viewed as a long shot but underscores a growing dissatisfaction with Biden among Democratic Party voters.
Who Is Dean Phillips?
Dean Phillips, born on January 20, 1969, is an American entrepreneur and politician. He has been serving as the U.S. representative for Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district since 2019. His district covers the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, including Bloomington, Minnetonka, Edina, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Eden Prairie.
Apart from his political career, Phillips has owned and launched several businesses and was the president and CEO of his family’s liquor enterprise, the Phillips Distilling Company. He’s also been involved in co-owning ventures like Talenti gelato and Penny’s Coffee. With a net worth of $77 million in 2018, Phillips stands as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
The Presidential Aspiration
Phillips initiated his 2024 presidential campaign in New Hampshire. He’s making a big bet on New Hampshire, despite Biden’s substantial $91 million campaign fund and strong party support.
Phillips sees his bid as an essential generational alternative to the 80-year-old President. He expresses a genuine sense of obligation to challenge Biden, while also voicing concerns about Biden’s ability to defeat former President Donald Trump for a second time.
The Challenges Ahead
While Phillips is earnest in his intentions, he faces substantial challenges as an alternative to the incumbent president. Some of his colleagues view his presidential campaign as a personal endeavor, and top Democrats privately regard it as a mid-life crisis. Even though many Democrats share his concerns about Biden’s age and ability to compete against Trump again, it remains to be seen whether they will rally behind him.
Phillips’ presidential bid is a significant gamble and could potentially mark the end of his political career if it doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, it provides an opportunity for him to introduce fresh perspectives and ideas. As the campaign intensifies, all eyes will be on Phillips and how his candidacy develops in the coming months.