One Republican legislator is making his intentions known right away, even as the nation waits with bated breath for the prospect that former President Donald Trump may reveal his plans for 2024 on Tuesday.
According to Fox News, Republican West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney, a Hispanic-American and a member of the Freedom Caucus, declared his intention to run against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for the next two years on Tuesday.
“It’s been talked about a lot, but I’m going to announce. I’m announcing it right now that I’m running for the U.S. Senate,” Mooney stated during an interview on MetroNews Talkline on Tuesday morning. “I’m all in.”
Manchin’s representation of the Mountain State in the Senate was also criticized subtly by Mooney, who added, “West Virginia values are at risk in this country. We’re bankrupting America. I want to be a part of the solution there.”
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Manchin is in a difficult political position as a result of Mooney’s statement because he only just managed to retain his Senate seat in his most recent race in 2018, winning by a slim three percent.
In addition, West Virginia has tended to go toward the Republican Party, as observed by Fox News. Manchin may find himself on an isolated island as the 2024 election season draws near due to the Democratic Party’s general anger of him for scuttling the legislation that would have become President Joe Biden’s legacy, Build Back Better.
After negotiating Build Back Better into what finally became the Inflation Reduction Act, Manchin was able to rescue some face with his party.
By defeating BBB, which would have eventually all but entirely stamped out the fossil fuel sector in a state that depends so significantly on that sector for employment and livelihoods, he probably also managed to gain some favor with West Virginia Republicans and Independents.
Will moderate voters recall Manchin’s actions? Only time will tell, but when 2024 gets near, Manchin will surely remind them.
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Manchin’s spokesman told Fox News that the senator has no problem with a little healthy competition.
“A robust democratic process has never been more important to our country, and Sen. Manchin encourages every candidate who values public service to enter the race,” spokesman Sam Runyon said.
A moderate thinker almost across the board, Manchin could find himself in another tight spot with West Virginia Republicans as he has already expressed support in codifying Roe v. Wade. CONTINUE READING…