Joe Manchin should follow Harry Reid’s example

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada — injured and half-blinded by a New Year’s Day exercise accident — announced last week that he will retire from politics and not seek reelection next year.

His announcement gives political figures and parties in his home state plenty of time to prepare for the Senate vacancy. Top politicians can begin deciding whether to file to succeed him.

In contrast, West Virginia remains in the dark about its future. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has hinted that he may pause amid his six-year Senate term and seek the Mountain State’s governorship again next year — but nobody knows whether this will happen. Uncertainty prevails…

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