Politico: “The move illustrates how Republicans up and down the ballot are hitching themselves to Trump’s ever-expanding and newly professionalized 2020 political machine. With the president lining up a team of experienced political strategists, deploying an ambitious national field program, and exercising nearly universal control over the party apparatus, Republicans are eager to exploit his organization for their own benefit.”
“Federal prosecutors have issued a sweeping subpoena for records related to a resort owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R),” the AP reports.
“The subpoena requests contracts, communications and financial records from the state relating to The Greenbrier resort and its annual PGA golf tournament. It names Justice as well as his son, daughter and other high-ranking resort employees.”
“Just five months off the race of his life, Joe Manchin is mulling a run for governor in 2020 against GOP Gov. Jim Justice,” Politico reports.
Said Manchin: “I think about it every minute of every day. Now, thinking about it and doing it are two different things. I’ll make a decision this fall sometime. I don’t think there’s any hurry at all.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “is once again considering running for Governor of West Virginia,” the West Virginia Metro News reports.
“At first glance, the fact that the political veteran is even contemplating the idea may be surprising. After all, Manchin won re-election to another six year term in the Senate just two months ago, and the U.S. Senate is a powerful and prestigious body.”
“However, Washington and Joe Manchin have never been a comfortable fit.”
“This rumor that I have resigned is completely unfounded and untrue.”
— West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R), on Twitter.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to switch political parties, from Democrat to Republican, “apparently caught almost everyone in his administration and West Virginia politics by surprise,” the Charleston Gazette reports.
“A source close to the Justice administration said staffers were caught by surprise.”
Even chief of staff Nick Casey, who is a former state Democratic Party chairman, didn’t know anything about the party switch when asked: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (D), who was elected last year even as President Trump carried his state by 42 points, is expected to announce tonight at a rally with Mr. Trump that he is changing parties, the New York Times reports.
“Pitching himself as a candidate who won’t be influenced by special-interest groups, West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice announced Monday he’s running for governor as a Democrat,” the Charleston Gazette reports.
Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he will stay in the U.S. Senate rather than run for governor of West Virginia, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.
Said Mancin: “This place may not be working now, but I’m not going to stop fighting to make it work.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he “will decide whether to run for governor no later than the end of next month,” the Charleston Daily Mail reports.
As Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “considers a 2016 return bid for governor, Republicans hope to block West Virginia’s most prominent Democrat from handpicking his Senate successor for two years,” the AP reports.
“Should he reclaim his old job, Manchin will have served enough of his Senate term that the governor — potentially him in 2017 — could name the next senator through 2018.”
Still frustrated by gridlock in Washington, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told the Associated Press that he will decide by this summer whether he will return to West Virginia to run for a possible third term as governor in 2016.