Senator Joe Manchin gave an exclusive interview to the Charleston Gazett-Mail on Sunday and went off on critics on both sides.
“I don’t give a shit, you understand? I just don’t give a shit,” Manchin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for shit that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”
The Sen. Manchin’s comments come after critics have asked him to fully commit to Democratic policy points and Republican critics have slammed him for not representing the people of West Virginia.
I’m not scared of an election, let’s put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me,” he said. “I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”
Manchin’s comments come less than a week from Gov. Jim Justice switched parties at a Trump Rally in West Virginia a state the President won in 2016. Manchin’s comments come after a very public attack. The Hill reports:
GOP senatorial candidate Patrick Morrisey, who called for Manchin to resign from Democratic leadership and accused him of not fully representing his constituents’ interests.
Morrisey specifically noted Manchin’s refusal to sign a letter establishing Democrats’ three main policy points on tax reform. Manchin was one of three Senate Democrats who didn’t sign the letter, saying that he agreed with everything in the platform but that he wanted party leaders to try and bring Republicans on board with the plan.
“The bottom line is, if it doesn’t help West Virginia, it doesn’t make sense to me, and just because there’s an election doesn’t mean I sign on or don’t sign on,” Manchin told the Gazette-Mail.
“If you look at all the time I’ve been here, there’s stuff I don’t sign on to. I just don’t think it’s a good way to do business when you don’t try to get people from the front end.”
Senator Manchin has maintained a fairly moderate stance during his tenure in the Senate. However, the Senate being made up the way it is, Trump winning West Virginia, and the governor recently switching parties you gotta wonder if the writing is on the wall for Senator Manchin.