West Virginia Governor Being Urged To Appoint Himself To Succeed Robert Byrd
Categorize this as one of those things that isn’t illegal but probably should be:
Top West Virginia labor and business leaders are calling on Gov. Joe Manchin — who local Democrats say is highly interested in running for Senate — to reverse course and appoint himself to the seat held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.).
“We just strongly believe that he’s the right person and we would certainly encourage him to reconsider that decision and in fact appoint himself,” said Larry Matheney, the secretary and treasurer of the West Virginia AFL-CIO.
Manchin spokesperson Sara Payne reiterated Saturday evening the governor’s previous statement that he would not appoint himself to the seat, and she added that he will not discuss the succession plan until the middle of next week. But that has not stopped some of Manchin’s strongest supporters and political allies in the state from saying the popular governor should go to the Senate sooner rather than later by placing himself in the now-vacant Senate seat.
This is apparently entirely legal under West Virginia law, and there’s little question that if Manchin choose to run for Byrd’ seat, he would not be challenged in a primary and would probably win the General Election by a substantial margin.
Nontheless, the idea of a Governor appointing himself seems to me to be something that just shouldn’t be permitted.