Barbour Dems ask Manchin to remain in Senate

The Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution at its monthly meeting June 19 calling on Sen. Joseph Manchin III, D-W.Va., to keep his seat in the United States Senate instead of entering West Virginia’s 2020 gubernatorial primary; thus honoring the commitment he made to voters when he asked for their support during his 2016 Senate race.

“With this resolution we are calling on Sen. Manchin to honor the commitment that he made to West Virginians,” said Emily Starks, chair of the Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee. “It is significant that every member of our committee supported this resolution. West Virginian voters recognize that we are in a constitutional crisis and the importance of Sen Manchin retaining his seat as a member of the Democratic Party and a representative of West Virginia in Washington, D.C.”

Part of the resolution reads, “At this critical moment in our history, partisanship is being chosen over patriotism and the fabric of our very democracy is being stretched to the limits. We cannot afford to have one of our Democratic senators distracted by a gubernatorial race.”

It concludes by saying, “We believe that Sen. Manchin can best serve our country by holding his seat in the United States Senate.”

Manchin has not yet announced a gubernatorial run, but also has not ruled it out. Last week, in an interview with The Hill, the senator indicated that he is “considering” a run.

The Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee is the third party committee in West Virginia to pass such a statement. Within the last two weeks, democratic executive committees in Greenbrier County and Summers County also passed a resolution asking Manchin to remain in the United States Senate.