Now, as the state scrambles to figure out who should fill his senate post, we want to be the first to urge Gov. Joe Manchin to appoint himself to the senate seat.
We know Gov. Manchin has said he won’t appoint himself, but we hope he reconsiders this decision. Gov. Manchin is the only person who can effectively pick up where Byrd left off and continue to work for our state.
We normally wouldn’t recommend the governor appointing himself to Byrd’s place in the senate, but the state needs someone who is ready to go right to work for our people and who is going to fight for all West Virginians as Sen. Byrd did.
Gov. Manchin is already a great leader and would have a head start over all other candidates for the senate job. Whoever fills the senate seat will be in power for two and a half years at a very critical time for our state.
Gov. Manchin probably won’t have any serious competition in the upcoming 2012 senate race and he will most likely win the seat anyway, so why not get him into the senate and get him working for the people of West Virginia, just like Sen. Byrd did for more of his life? It just seems like the best decision for our state.
It will be hard for anyone to replace Sen. Byrd in the senate, but we believe Gov. Manchin is definitely the best man for the job.