Former Casey aide named to new Biden/Harris inaugural committee

    President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Wilmington, Del. on Saturday, 11/7/20 (Screen Capture)

    A former top aide to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and a senior official in President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign has been named to the incoming administration’s inaugural committee.

    Erin Wilson, who served as Casey’s Pennsylvania state director and senior adviser to his 2018 re-election campaign, will serve as deputy executive director to the Biden/Harris inaugural committee, the newly formed inaugural committee said in a statement. Wilson also formerly worked for the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

    Tony Allen, the president of Delaware State University, a historically Black college, has been named CEO of the inaugural committee. Allen formerly served as a special assistant and speechwriter for Biden when he was the U.S. senator from Delaware in the 1990s.

    “I’ve known and loved the Biden family for 25 years and am deeply humbled to help organize the historic inauguration of a good and decent patriot during an unprecedented time in our country. As the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden alongside Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be elected Vice President of the United States, will work hard for all Americans and lead us towards our nation’s highest calling — ‘a more perfect union,’” Allen said in a statement. “This year’s inauguration will look different amid the pandemic, but we will honor the American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country while keeping everybody healthy and safe.”

    Others named to the Biden inaugural committee are:

    Maju Varghese, Executive Director: Varghese was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor on the Biden-Harris campaign from the primaries through the general election.

    Yvanna Cancela, Deputy Executive Director: Cancela currently is a Nevada state senator, and served as a senior advisor in Nevada during the primary election.

    The inaugural committee has rolled out its website,  BidenInaugural.org, which includes a web store with inaugural merchandise and collectibles. The committee also is launching its social media presence on Instagram and Twitter under the handle @BidenInaugural.

    John L. Micek
    A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press