WASHINGTON — In the early hours of Monday morning, Joe Biden’s campaign sent an email to state leaders offering to connect them with desperately needed coronavirus resources.
But at least two Republican states believe they never got the email, while one governor’s office said the campaign’s efforts to insert themselves in the pandemic was only making their jobs harder.
In the email obtained by The Post, Biden’s political chief of staff Stacy Eichner told state officials that the former veep’s presidential campaign had received a “significant number of offers” from organizations and people eager to offer resources.
“In this moment of national emergency, we are eager to connect those offering help with those in need of it — we would like to provide these individuals and organizations with a way to reach your offices directly,” Eichner wrote, asking each office to assign a contact person if they were interested.
But a senior adviser in one governor’s office who received the email said the Biden campaign was making their jobs “really difficult” by operating outside of the federal process and by refusing to engage with the administration’s efforts.
“It actually makes our job harder. We have a process in place for deploying and acquiring resources, as well as engaging in missions,” the source said.
“Having a group operating outside of that process complicates things and smells of cronyism,” he added.
“It also begs the question of why aren’t these companies working with the feds directly, or if they are, why are they holding back needed resources for political reasons?”
At least two states with Republican governors, South Dakota and Georgia, also did not receive the offer of assistance — staff in those offices claiming they had not seen anything from the Biden campaign on Monday.
A Biden spokeswoman denied the report, saying the request was sent to staff for governors from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, “Republican and Democrat alike.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic effectively suspending the presidential race and confining Biden, 77, to his Delaware home, the campaign has been thinking of clever ways to become involved in the crisis.
The former vice president has recorded glitchy town halls with voters, and even released a podcast called “Here’s The Deal,” but Democrats are fretting that Biden is becoming irrelevant amid the crisis.