Skip to comments.WV Gov. Joe Manchin says he hasn't decided on Byrd successor, won't appoint self to fill seat
Posted on 06/28/2010 7:33:28 AM PDT by Brandonmark
Breaking News West Va. Gov. Joe Manchin says he has not made a decision on Byrd's successor, will not appoint himself to seat - AP
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Manchin told The Associated Press there is no timetable for him to consider a replacement for Congress' longest-serving member.
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WVans are sick of Mollahan....no way will he be appointed. Manchin seems to be a decent man, he’d never appoint him
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It's quite possible that Byrd will be able to cast a vote for Kagan's confirmation. The Senate Clerk will use a Ouiga Board.
I hope he would recognize the devastation it would bring to WV should it pass....any West Virginian would....with the exception of Rockefeller who doesn’t give a shiite about this state
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I just got off the phone with Jake Glance, the Public Affairs and Communications officer for West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant.
Glance told me that no decision has been made yet on when a special election would be held to replace Robert Byrd, who passed away early this morning. Various interpretations of the law might require the special election to be held this November — or not until November, 2012, when Byrd’s term was set to expire anyway.
“There are a lot of sections on state code that apply to this kind of thing and we’re examining each one of them and we’ll be making an announcement soon,” Glance told me. “We just need to make sure that what we say fits this specific situation.”
Just heard on a state-wide talk show that the Secy. of State’s office is working on this and will release a statement later today.
I type too slow :(
Rules and laws do not apply when Democrats are involved. They make it up as they go...
Here’s what I gathered from a quick review of WV statutes posted on another forum:
1. If Byrd had died after July 3 the appointment by the governor would be for the remainder of the term (Jan 2013)
2. Since Byrd died before July 3, the gov still gets to appoint, but there has to be a special election, and the appointed person serves until that special election.
3. Since the 2010 primary has already happened, there will be primaries and a general election in 2011 to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.
From a purely tactical prospective, I do hope it is Barth, as she would be the easiest to beat in a special election. Republican Shelly Moore Capito trounced her in 2008 when she ran for Moore's House seat. Barth is far to the left of most West Virginians on social issues and wouldn't fair much better than Obama statewide. However, for these reasons, I don't see Barth getting the appointment unless it really is only until a special election is called and she agrees not to run. She's just too weak of a candidate for the national party to risk.
You are confusing death with vacancy. Dead is dead, but vacancy is another matter. It may turn out to be the same as death, but could also be something else depending upon statute and case law. Reality and the law are not always congruent.
Depends on the definition of “dead”...................
They will do whatever is necessary to avoid a special election.
what do u mean by this remark ?
Arwn’t laws so messy when a Dem looks at them?
The only way to get rid of useless 9 term senators is to have them die...I hope these moron voters across the Country vote a ton of change into the offices in November.
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