Sports betting companies are continuing to lengthen the odds on Senator Amy Klobuchar becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in this year’s Presidential elections.
According to odds comparison service Oddschecker, Klobuchar, who is the senior senator for the state of Minnesota, is available at anything between 8/1 and 12/1 on Monday morning, as her odds continue to drift in the wake of criticism of her history as a Minnesota prosecutor.
On Thursday, reports in the US media suggested that she had missed opportunities to prosecute Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer, who was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd. Mr Floyd had been suspected of passing a counterfeit bill, but in a video that has caused shock and revulsion around the US and the world, Chauvin was seen to continue sitting on his neck for several minutes, leading to Mr Floyd’s death.
Chauvin, who was fired, along with three other officers, last week, has been charged with third degree murder, but in the aftermath, a wave of protests and violent counter-reaction from police forces, have brought chaos and destruction to a number of US cities.
It is reported that Klobuchar is currently undergoing a vetting process with the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has already indicated that he would be choosing a woman as his running mate. Klobuchar had been one of three senators who launched presidential campaigns earlier this year, but eventually dropped out of the race.
But this weekend, Klobuchar has been the subject of critical media reports focusing on her time as a prosecutor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Critics say that she failed to prosecute Chauvin over an incident in 2006, when he was involved in another death. The shooting occurred shortly before the end of her time as prosecutor. The case eventually went to a grand jury, but no action was taken against Chauvin or other officers involved in that case.
Reports have also highlighted the fact that Klobuchar declined to take action against over a dozen officers involved in the deaths of civilians during her time in the role. The reports are likely to prove particularly damaging to Klobuchar’s chances at a time when the US police nationwide are under intense scrutiny. Criticism of her record is also likely to be strong from the left of the Democratic Party, who were already opposed to her nomination on the grounds that she is seen as a centrist.
Similar criticisms have been levelled over recent months against the current front runner in the vice-presidential nomination race, senator Kamala Harris, although she remains the strong 5/4 favourite. Another contender with a law enforcement background, House Representative Val Demings, is regarded as the second favourite at 6/1 while former nominee contender Elizabeth Warren can be backed at 13/2 and former First Lady Michelle Obama is rated a 12/1 shot.