Joe Biden’s family is back in the headlines — and not for a good reason.
According to an exclusive Daily Mail report, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s brother, Frank Biden, is only now in the first steps of paying $1 million he owes the family of a man who died in a hit-and-run collision more than 20 years ago.
“It’s that simple”
In 1999, reports indicate that Michael Albano was crossing the road in Encinitas, California, when he was struck by a Jaguar traveling at about 80 mph. Frank Biden, who was a passenger, reportedly told the driver to “punch it.”
Attorneys for the victim have been attempting ever since to hold Frank Biden to the $1 million he was found to owe for his partial liability in the wrongful death. He has reportedly defaulted without making any payments, and a recent effort to garnish his accounts led to the discovery that he had less than $30 in the bank.
The Daily Mail, which brought attention to the case earlier this year, reported that Frank Biden is now ready to negotiate a repayment plan.
“We’re heading toward settlement, it’s that simple,” he said.
“Never received a dime”
Of course, the former vice president’s brother is not the only member of the Biden family to face scrutiny during the course of the ongoing presidential campaign. His son, Hunter Biden, received attention for his overseas business dealings during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, as ABC News reported.
Frank Biden brings a different type of negative attention to the family, though, and Election Day is drawing near. As for Albano’s loved ones, they say he has never even told them he is sorry.
“It’s been draining, emotionally and physically,” the victim’s daughter said, according to the Daily Mail. “We’ve never received a dime from Frank, let alone an apology.”
Joe Biden himself has been subject to criticism from even some in his own party for frequent gaffes and perceived evidence of cognitive decline.
Even though President Donald Trump has also seen a similar reaction to some of his public statements, the fact is that every vote is important for either campaign on Nov. 3, and the Democrats have a lot invested in their candidate.
Every new scandal involving the Biden name is yet another obstacle for his latest lackluster White House bid.