August 11, 2017 by Greg P.
Bloomberg has a report out Friday night that says President Donald Trump is considering naming Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) as a replacement for Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy:
Greg Giroux (Verified account)
2:41 PM – 11 Aug 2017
Some White House & GOP officials exploring idea of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) leading Trump Energy Department: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-11/manchin-is-said-to-emerge-as-possible-pick-for-energy-department … #wvsen
Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department
By Kevin Cirilli , Jennifer Jacobs , and Steven T. Dennis
August 11, 2017 4:29 PM CDT
Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda.
If Manchin were offered and accepted the position, that would allow West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice — a newly minted Republican — to appoint a GOP successor and bring the party a vote closer in the Senate to being able to repeal Obamacare. The idea is in the early stages of consideration, and it’s unclear whether it has support within the administration, according to the people, who described the conversations under condition of anonymity.
Steven Dennis (Verified account)
2:43 PM – 11 Aug 2017
!!! New talk of naming MANCHIN to Energy, possibly = 50th vote to repeal Obamacare. @kevcirilli @JenniferJJacobs https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-08-11/manchin-is-said-to-emerge-as-possible-pick-for-energy-department …
Joe Manchin — manchin.senate.gov
Joseph Manchin III is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. Manchin, a member of the Democratic Party, served as the 34th Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005.(More at Wikipedia)
Born:Joseph Manchin III, Aug 24, 1947, Farmington, West Virginia, U.S.
Joe Manchin: ‘I don’t give a s–t’ if I win re-election
by Al Weaver | Aug 7, 2017, 12:58 PM
> Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., fired back at criticism over his decision not to back individual Democratic Party stances and said that he will not be “wrangled into voting for shit” he doesn’t agree with, adding that he “doesn’t give a shit” if he ultimately wins or loses re-election in 2018.
>> “I don’t give a shit, you understand? I just don’t give a shit,” Manchin said, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for shit that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”
Joe Manchin Becomes First Democrat To Say He’ll Vote For Neil Gorsuch
Others in his party are planning to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick
By Jennifer Bendery 03/30/2017 04:42 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2017
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Thursday that he will vote for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, making him the first Democrat to announce support for President Donald Trump’s court pick.
“Senators have a constitutional obligation to advice and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials,” Manchin said in a statement. “After considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee and meeting with him twice, I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court.”
A Crack In The Wall: Joe Manchin Reportedly Will Defy Dem Filibuster, Vote For Cloture On Gorsuch
by Allah Pundit, Posted at 8:01 pm on March 27, 2017
That’s 53 votes for cloture. If you count Pat Leahy as a yes, even though he’s not firmly committed yet, it’s 54
Not a definitive “yes,” but there’s no obvious way Heitkamp gets from that statement to a no on cloture. If you’re looking for someone to thank for twisting Manchin’s arm, thank Mike Pence, who used his speech in West Virginia on Saturday night to mention Manchin by name as someone who can help put Gorsuch on the High Court.
The Left Should Leave Joe Manchin Alone
By Bill Scher, February 13, 2017
When Manchin, the West Virginia senator who proves that the phrase “moderate Democrat” is not an oxymoron in Washington, crossed party lines to vote for Sessions’ confirmation, he suffered withering attacks from the left.
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