Joe Manchin good WV Senator material
If you walk the rotunda of the State capital building in Charleston West Virginia, you see portraits of the former governors. Oh, that one, indicted and convicted. Yep, that one too. There’s another one. Instead of being proud history, it is more like a wall of shame.
So when a good guy like Joe Manchin comes along, WV had better hang onto him and move him forward.
“21 Matthew M. Neely January 13, 1941 January 15, 1945 Democratic 1 22 Clarence W. Meadows January 15, 1945 January 17, 1949 Democratic 1 23 Okey L. Patteson January 17, 1949 January 19, 1953 Democratic 1 24 William C. Marland January 19, 1953 January 14, 1957 Democratic 1 25 Cecil H. Underwood January 14, 1957 January 16, 1961 Republican 1 26 William Wallace Barron January 16, 1961 January 18, 1965 Democratic 1 27 Hulett C. Smith January 18, 1965 January 13, 1969 Democratic 1 28 Arch A. Moore, Jr. January 13, 1969 January 17, 1977 Republican 2 29 Jay Rockefeller January 17, 1977 January 14, 1985 Democratic 2 30 Arch A. Moore, Jr. January 14, 1985 January 16, 1989 Republican 1 31 Gaston Caperton January 16, 1989 January 13, 1997 Democratic 2 32 Cecil H. Underwood January 13, 1997 January 15, 2001 Republican 1 33 Bob Wise January 15, 2001 January 17, 2005 Democratic 1 34 Joe Manchin January 17, 2005 incumbent Democratic 2[N 7]”
“W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin set to run for Byrd's seat; GOP seeks direction
By Aaron Blake
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) said Friday that he will almost definitely run for the open Senate seat in West Virginia this year, a move that should provide a measure of relief for Democrats concerned about another battleground this year.
But are Republicans ready to throw in the towel in a race that isn't even official yet?
Manchin said on MSNBC's Daily Rundown Friday morning that it is "highly likely" that he will run for the seat held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.). He even broached the process for replacing himself as governor - a sure sign that the deal is as good as sealed.
"I want to serve my state to the highest possible position I can," Manchin said. "(There are) a lot of important things not just for my state, but for this nation. I look forward to having the opportunity to serve."
Manchin also said that he would ask the legislature to review the state's special election process, in order to settle a dispute between the secretary of state's office and the attorney general's office about whether there could be race this year. Attorney General Darrell McGraw (D) issued a ruling Thursday that the special election could be held this year, but the law is murky, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) has said it should force a 2012 race.
"I've talked to all the legal scholars," Manchin said. "We need have the legislature come back in and clarify this as quickly as possible."”