Sen. Joe Manchin says he will remain in the United States Senate and not run for Governor. He made the announcement today, after telling people he was seriously considering a return to the Governor's mansion because of gridlock in Congress.
A recent poll that Manchin commissioned showed that he would have had a very strong lead against Patrick Morrisey, the Attorney General of West Virginia and a member of the Republican party. Morrisey has not announced whether he will run for Governor.
Those who have filed pre-candidacy papers with the Secretary of State to run for West Virginia Governor are Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, David Dunstan Moran, Tyler Cloud Dixon, Edwin Ray Vanover, and Phil Hudok.
Senator Manchin released this statement on Sunday about his decision:
“When Robert C. Byrd died in 2010, I had to make one of the toughest political decisions of my life. I have always said that being Governor of West Virginia was my life’s most fulfilling work, and it was a true honor and privilege to be able to serve the great people of West Virginia. By removing politics and putting people first, we greatly improved our state."
"I truly believed we could take that success and our commonsense approaches to Washington to improve the dysfunction in Congress. I will admit that it has been a harder transition than I had expected, but I believe that, after five years, we are beginning to make a difference.
"We are simply bringing a greater sense of bipartisanship and commitment to working together for the good of the American people. It is because of that optimism that I have decided to continue serving the people of West Virginia in the United States Senate. My main purpose in the Senate, has, and always will be, to represent the great people of West Virginia to the best of my ability, and I have always said that when my country succeeds, my state succeeds.
"I feel that I can have the greatest impact on West Virginia and America by staying in Washington. This place may not be working now, but I’m not going to stop fighting to make it work.”