Senator Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, has no plans to run again for his old job as governor and will remain in the US Senate. Manchin played most of the summer with a possible campaign for his old job, which he quit in 2010 after winning a special election for the late Senator Robert C. Bird, also a Democrat.
In a statement released Tuesday, Manchin's enthusiasm for the top executive position in the state was clear. He said that serving as governor was "the greatest honor of my life" and "[n] everything made my heart swell with pride than boast about the wonderful state I represented."
But he went on to say, "I have always said that 'public service is not self-service'. So when I was considering running for governor, I could not focus solely on which job I enjoy the most, but on where I can be most effective in a mountainous state. "
And this is his role as a senator, he said," allowing me to position our country for success by the end of this century. "He promised to use his influence as a top Democrat on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, for invest in energy technologies to build an energy base for a nation that "protects jobs, keeps prices low and recognizes the reality of climate change."
The decision means Manchin, one of the few two-party energy brokers left behind in the sharply divided Senate, will Fr. became in Washington as a potential emissary between the two parties on difficult issues, including gun control and other domestic issues.
But Manchin did not deviate from criticism of his own party because of his left and is expected to remain concerned about campaigns and the views of the presidential candidates, including his Senate colleagues Bernie Sanders, who are independent of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. In his statement Tuesday, he reiterated that he would continue to work with the president and "speak the truth to power" when he did not agree with President Trump.
Manchin's decision was not obvious: CBS News reported that he was helping Manchin draft two possible statements late Monday: One signaling his intention to stay in the Senate and another announcing plans to run again. manager.
Manchin won reelection in the Senate last year by only 3 points, using profit. on his reputation as a moderate Democrat and as one of his party's only members in regular contact with Mr. Trump, even as his country becomes increasingly republican.
Despite his bipartisan stance on influencing the Capitol Hill, Manchin has always maintained that he is much preferred to serve as a governor. He was elected to the role in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. West Virginia law allows him to reapply.
Manchin is a former enemy of the current Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who won in 201
"I have had many inquiries seeking to return home"on 18 August. "I have people thinking maybe I should stay."
72-year-old Manchin joined the Senate in 2010 following Bird, and quickly became a liaison between the two countries. His ability to negotiate bilateral deals emerged especially during the 2013 debate on gun control law enforcement, after a school shooting in Sandy Cook, Connecticut, killed 20 students in 2012. Although his two-party plan to expand the national weapons background check system failed, members of both parties credited him with leading the debate.
In the years since, he has been a vocal critic of the leaders of both parties and regularly draws the ire of liberal or partisan Democrats for intruding on his partnership with Republicans or supporting the HR cause, including voting for Supreme Court nominees. Mr. Trump,and
Most recently, guerrilla Democrats attacked him for endorsing the re-election of Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, one of his frequent GOP associates.
"I can't believe everyone is so damn hypocritical. She is the only person I work with all the time," Manchin told Politico last month for his approval. "Why don't you expect me to do that?"