Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) announced this morning that he would not seek the governorship of West Virginia, something many experts predicted Manchin to do since he was very popular as governor during the 2000’s and because Democrats are now in the minority in the U.S Senate chamber. His decision to stay in the U.S Senate likely keeps West Virginia’s U.S Senate seat safe from GOP’s chances at flipping the seat red. The GOP now has better odds when it comes to their chances of taking the governorship from Democratic control.
Said Mancin: “This place may not be working now, but I’m not going to stop fighting to make it work.”
Manchin issued this statement about his decision:
“When Robert C. Byrd died in 2010, I had to make one of the toughest political decisions of my life. I have always said that being Governor of West Virginia was my life’s most fulfilling work, and it was a true honor and privilege to be able to serve the great people of West Virginia. By removing politics and putting people first, we greatly improved our state.
“I truly believed we could take that success and our commonsense approaches to Washington to improve the dysfunction in Congress. I will admit that it has been a harder transition than I had expected, but I believe that, after five years, we are beginning to make a difference. We are simply bringing a greater sense of bipartisanship and commitment to working together for the good of the American people.
“It is because of that optimism that I have decided to continue serving the people of West Virginia in the United States Senate. My main purpose in the Senate, has, and always will be, to represent the great people of West Virginia to the best of my ability, and I have always said that when my country succeeds, my state succeeds. I feel that I can have the greatest impact on West Virginia and America by staying in Washington. This place may not be working now, but I’m not going to stop fighting to make it work.”