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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 03:28 AM
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Some "worst comes to worst" questions for "West By-God Virginia" Du'ers
Edited on Fri Jan-01-10 03:31 AM by Ken Burch
1. Your governor is a Dem at this point, right?

2. This governor retains the power to fill Senate vacancies by appointment, correct?

3. If Senator Byrd did become unable to serve, the seat would be filled by appointment almost immediately, wouldn't it?

Just want to make sure, since the supermajority is still needed on some things.

(I like the senator and I hope nothing does happen to him, for the record...just want to see what the contingencies are.)
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 10:04 AM
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1. You are correct.
I'm not in WV, but daughter attends univ there so I try to keep up. I wouldn't call their gov a star in any manner. Hope he'd consult with Sen. Rocke.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-01-10 03:49 PM
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2. Our governor is a bigtime DINO who would make Lieberman seem a hardline liberal
If Bobby dies in office, Manchin will appoint himself as his replacement. If for no other reason than this, pray for Bobby's good health.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 02:10 PM
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3. That's about the long and short of it.
Joe's had his eye on that seat for a while.
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hollowdweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 08:55 PM
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4. Sen Manchin
Scarey.

How about Chuck Chambers?
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-22-10 05:23 PM
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6. I am informed Manchin can not self-nominate and that the likely new Senator would be Caperton
Edited on Mon Feb-22-10 05:24 PM by ThomWV
But in any event whoever it was it would be done quickly.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-10 04:18 AM
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7. I disagree. Manchin could appoint himself.
Edited on Tue Mar-02-10 04:18 AM by Lasher
Under state law, if Byrd dies in office, the governor would have to appoint someone to fill the seat until the next general election, said Bob Bastress, a professor at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Bastress added that the governor may be able appoint himself to the seat should it become open, but he called that a political unlikelihood.

"The talk is that, if Byrd resigns, Manchin would appoint a caretaker until he (Manchin) could run in 2012 when Byrd's term and Manchin's gubernatorial term expire," wrote Bastress in an e-mail interview.

http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/5248...

There is speculation that the "caretaker" in this scenario would be Manchin's wife Gayle. But as Professor Bastress says, he could appoint himself.
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