Doesn’t there state constitution mandate a special election?
Anyone with half a brain knew within a few hours of the passing of old Byrd that there would not be an election for the seat this fall.
Yes, the fix is in. This Carte Goodwin is a hand puppet
of Jay Rockefeller. Goodwin will vote exactly as his
boss Jay tells him, and that will be exactly as
Obama wants. The Goodwin family is a bunch of
hillbilly mafia. This is the absolute worst outcome
of this whole Senatorial affair. Clearing up the
ambiguity in the law could have been done months
or years ago, but it wasn’t for a reason. A free
and open election would have put a Democrat seat
up for a possible loss. So this whole affair was
manufactured as to keep a very important Senate
seat safe for the corrupt Democrats. Liberals
can only be trusted to be what they are; vile,
evil, corrupt, anti-American with an unquenchable
craving for stolen power over other humans.
A day of reckoning is coming.
Smart move - he must have gotten some polling - 2010 is going to be a REALLY BAD year.
the stupid party will let the socialist do that.
I hope the voters say No on this. It isn’t up to Obama and Company nor the Congress to decide this; it’s up to the voters.
The coal industry owns Manchin, owns the WV political class, and owns that senate seat.
As there was just the smallest chance that a politician not hand picked by the coal industry could win the seat in a primary and general election is reason enough to suspend democratic processes in the state of West Virginia.
A few days before Byrd’s death, one of the WVa papers ran an article on Manchin’s desire to run for that Senate seat. He would likely win it. He cannot run for another governor’s term. He can’t appoint himself.
Leaving it empty would make sense given his intent.
Maybe by Republicans or the governors political opponents among the Democrats. Manchin want to be Senator. He's not going to let Goodwin stay until 2012 if he can help it. He'll declare a special election and run for the seat himself.