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Young Democrat Nabs Byrd’s Senate Seat ... for Now

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

Carte Goodwin’s in, but he may soon be out: West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin may be looking to take the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat come November.

West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin III has picked a successor to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, and the new recruit is a young whippersnapper at that. He’s 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, and he’s also a Democrat, but his party can’t get too excited yet: Manchin is preparing for a special election to be held in November to decide who’ll fill the position on a more permanent basis, and the governor himself may enter the race.  —KA

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Goodwin, the former chief legal counsel to the Democratic governor, gives Democrats in the Senate a crucial 59th vote just as they prepare to push for passage of a key priority, an extension of unemployment benefits.

[...] Goodwin’s time at the Capitol is expected to be brief. Manchin soon may sign pending legislation authorizing a special election to allow voters to choose a new senator to complete Byrd’s unexpired term and serve until 2013. Manchin, 62, has said he plans to run in that election.

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By christian96, July 17, 2010 at 7:00 am Link to this comment

I was raised in West Virginia with Gov. Joe Manchin.
We are friends.  I believe Joe has political ambitions and will more than likely run for the
Senate.  He is honest, sincere and has a good heart
but Joe is human.  Once in Washington I believe Joe,
as Obama, will go along with the big shots to try
to maintain his status.  I hope I’m wrong but I doubt
it. Joe’s uncle, A. J. Manchin, was Secretary of
State of West Virginia.  When I visited A. J. in
Charleston periodically he would proudly show me his
picture of Jesus hanging on his wall.  A. J. was
probably best known for removing many of the junk
cars along the roads of West Virginia. I wish Joe
the best.

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By diamond, July 17, 2010 at 12:22 am Link to this comment

Looks like someone who might even be a decent human being and possess a brain. I hope he sticks around.

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