Castle's decision a major one

The announcement on Tuesday that longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) would run for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could send shockwaves through both the state and the nation.

Nationally, the Republican Party would love to see that senate seat go their way. The mid-term elections are not only used to determine which party has dominance for voting purposes, it is also quite often a barometer the parties use to determine how the people of the nation view the president. Think of it as a national referendum on the current state of the union.

Within the state, Castle taking the senate seat would mean that his spot on the U.S. House of Representatives would open up, generating a meaningful election there, as well as opening up the real potential for a Democrat to take that spot. The ripple effect could be enormous, as the winner of that seat could possibly be vacating his or her former position, creating another interesting election, and so on and so on.

This is not your run-of-the-mill announcement.

Not since former Gov. Tom Carper took on longtime U.S. Sen. Bill Roth has the state witnessed an election featuring such prominent individuals, particularly if Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announces his own run for the seat his father used to occupy, as expected.

And that’s not even mentioning U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del), who has been filling that position since being appointed by then-Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to complete Biden’s term after he was elected vice-president.

Castle has certainly been a mainstay on the state’s political scene. He began as a state senator in 1967, and served as lieutenant governor and governor before winning his national position in a 1992 election. Before becoming a state senator, Castle had served in the state attorney’s office.

Biden’s ascencion to vice-president of the United States has created a ripple in Delaware’s politcal scene, and Castle just made his own wave.

Stay tuned. It’s about to get interesting.