For the first time in several years, the vice presidential mansion will not play host to the Komen Race for the Cure VIP kickoff reception next month.
But for all the controversy that’s surrounded the iconic breast-cancer charity lately, don’t read too much into it. We’ve learned that Joe and Jill Biden have a pretty solid conflict the weekend of June 2: It’s their daughter’s wedding day.
Sources familiar with the matter tell us that Ashley Biden and her fiancé Dr. Howard Krein will tie the knot that Saturday in Delaware.
Unclear when the save-the-date went out, but the couple got engaged in September, four months before the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s reputation was rocked by the revelation it had suspended cancer-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. It was a blow for a charity whose formidable success was enhanced by close ties to powerbrokers on both sides of the aisle. Since starting a “Race for the Cure” fundraising 5K in Washington 22 years ago, the foundation has enlisted vice presidents and their wives to serve as de facto hosts for the event, throwing VIP receptions for big donors and celebrities at the Naval Observatory.
Though this year is the first time the Bidens will not participate since he took office, a spokesperson for the foundation noted that there have been other years that veeps couldn’t host. This year, the rep said, “we’ve known for many months that it was unlikely to work out on that date.”
The Komen reception will be held at the Canadian embassy.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already gotten your invitation to the Biden wedding, sorry — it’s close friends and family only, we’re told. Ashley, 31, a social worker, has kept a quieter profile than her older brothers, Hunter (a Washington lawyer) and Beau (the attorney general of Delaware); her 40-something fiancé is an otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia.
Read earlier: Ashley Biden engaged to Dr. Howard Krein, 10/30/11