Democrat Party activists are reportedly calling for moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to be primaried when he runs for reelection in 2024, following his refusal to vote for climate change initiatives and new tax legislation.
“This man has been a thorn in the side of not only the White House, but the American people as well,” said Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign advisor, according to Fox News.
“West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the nation, yet he stands in the way of legislation that would help working people. He should be primaried for that alone,” Turner added.
These comments come after Manchin refused to greenlight a $300 billion subsidy and tax credit package in Congress last week, which would have gone to clean energy technology initiatives.
In addition, the West Virginia native has refused to eliminate the filibuster, a longstanding Senate tradition that allows the minority party to block legislation if it doesn’t reach the necessary threshold of 60 votes.
At a time when the Senate is split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris (D) serving as the tie-breaking vote, the lone dissenter — Manchin — has considerable power to shape legislation and stop Democratic policy projects in their tracks.
“I said, ‘Can we just wait until the inflation figures come out [for] July until we know if the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates?’” Manchin told West Virginia MetroNews. “Then make the decision on what we can do and how much we can do.”
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With the quarterly GDP report released Thursday, whether or not the economy is in a recession — for two consecutive quarters of GDP losses — will be determined in a matter of days.
Despite this, Democrats continue to push bloated federal spending and attempt to oust anyone from power who stands in their way.
In a state that voted nearly 70 percent for President Trump to Joe Biden’s 30 percent in the 2020 presidential election, the likelihood of an alternative Democrat candidate being successful in West Virginia is slim, at best.
Manchin has been involved in the West Virginian political establishment for decades, first being elected to office in 1982 to the House of Delegates, before eventually serving as governor from 2005 to 2010.
The moderate politician has been able to maintain his position within the heavily Republican state, due to his experience and influence within the region. If Democrats attempt to unseat the popular former governor, there is currently no Democrat in the state who comes close to Manchin’s influence or appeal.
West Virginia’s other federal representatives are Republican and all of their statewide elected officials are members of the GOP. Meaning if Democratic activists are looking to usurp Manchin from his seat, they’d be naive to think a Democrat who’d back Biden’s agenda could realistically win.
If Democrats want to primary Manchin, the GOP would be more than happy to welcome another principled conservative into the Senate chambers, or perhaps convince the good Mr. Manchin to switch parties all together — before it’s too late.
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