This would open up West Virginia to add a Republican Senator in a state that Trump won handily. Another guaranteed vote would be welcomed by the GOP.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is once again considering running for Governor of West Virginia, according to several people who are familiar with the Senator’s thinking.
At first glance, the fact that the political veteran is even contemplating the idea may be surprising. After all, Manchin won re-election to another six year term in the Senate just two months ago, and the U.S. Senate is a powerful and prestigious body.
However, Washington and Joe Manchin have never been a comfortable fit. The glacial pace of Congress, the entrenched positions and the political posturing drive him crazy. He’s a consummate dealmaker in a job where deals just aren’t done anymore.
Manchin was first elected Governor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He stepped down in 2010 after running successfully for the two-year unexpired term of Senate Robert Byrd after Byrd died. Manchin went to Washington, but in a way, he never really left West Virginia.