Right call in filling West Virginia seat
While I was worrying about Gov. Linda Lingle’s stupefying veto of civil unions in Hawaii and this week's political opinions quiz, democracy broke out in West Virginia. State Attorney General Darrell McGraw (D) issued an advisory opinion that said Gov. Joe Manchin (D) has the legal authority to call a special election for this November to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D). Manchin says he will.
This is a terrific outcome -- and far preferable to the people of West Virginia being represented in Washington for the next two years by someone chosen by the governor and not by them. With this ruling, Manchin can now run for the post, which he told Politico's Ben Smith is "highly likely."
There are still some hurdles involved in getting this special election off the ground. As described by the Charleston Daily Mail, McGraw's opinion stipulates that “First, voters should pick party nominees in a primary election. Then, they should return to the polls to decide whom the state ultimately sends to Washington.” What it does not say is how or when this should take place. The politicians will figure that one out. And then voters can figure out whom to send to Washington.
| July 9, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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