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.
posted on 06/28/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT
This appointment would be a hoot: Brad Paisley, WV's favorite son and a great spokesperson for WV, for the interim appoinment. The guy has style, a trophy wife and two young sons, so he can play off the 'cult of personality' and argue he has a stake in WV's future. I believe Brad Paisley is Democratically-inclined, based upon the famous Dems he hangs with (Tim McGraw etc., the Hollywood crowd.)
posted on 06/28/2010 8:34:31 AM PDT
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