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Joe Manchin picks Carte Goodwin to replace Byrd

Updated at 3:29 p.m.

By Aaron Blake

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) on Friday selected his former general counsel, Carte Goodwin, as a temporary appointee to the Senate.

Goodwin, who will be the youngest member of the Senate at 36 years old, replaces the oldest, the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), who died two weeks ago at the age of 92. He is expected to serve only until West Virginia can hold a special election, in which Manchin is to be the favorite.

Speaking at a press conference, Manchin said Goodwin embodies the independence and hard work West Virginians want.

"I know the man," Manchin said. "I know that West Virginia's better off because he's passed this way. Added the governor: "If you don't know Carte, he's fiercely, fiercely independent. We have come toe to toe many times."

In Goodwin, Manchin will be installing a confidante in much the same way other recent Senate caretakers -- those who will hold the seat for only a short time -- have been picked.

When Vice President Joe Biden left the Senate, he was replaced by his former chief of staff Ted Kaufman. When Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) had to make an appointment to fill the open Senate seat he is seeking, he picked his former chief of staff George LeMieux. (The two have since split over Crist's decision to switch from Republican to independent).

Goodwin's term of service is still somewhat unclear. The state legislature is currently weighing a change to special election law to move the election up, ideally to November.

Picking a close adviser should be taken as indication that Manchin does indeed intend to seek the seat in a special election, as he has strongly indicated. He will be the instant frontrunner, and Republicans will have to find a capable opponent. Their first choice is Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who has expressed uncertainty about the race.

Capito said in a statement after Goodwin's appointment that she is disappointed in the process the preceded it, which included divergent opinions from the Secretary of State and state Attorney General -- both Democrats -- on when the special election should be.

She also took direct aim at Manchin, her potential opponent who eventually pushed the state toward a 2010 special election.

"It is apparent that many elected officials, and particularly the person ultimately charged with calling a special election, have been more focused on political maneuvers to further their own political ambitions before fulfilling the obligations of their office on behalf of the people they were elected to serve," Capito said.

Goodwin served as Manchin's general counsel for much of the last five years. He is well-connected in the state's Democratic politics, with a father who chaired West Virginia University's board of governors and a wife who serves as a top aide for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

His uncle, a federal judge, is a former state Democratic Party chairman. And his brother is a federal prosecutor in the southern district of West Virginia.

Democrats are trying to get the appointee seated in order to pass an extension of jobless benefits next week.

By The Fix  |  July 16, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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Comments

RE: "If Manchin pulls this political bs I will NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT AGAIN. For anything. West Virginia politics aren't just dirty they are filthy and it looks like Joe is just as corrupt and opportunistic as the rest of his clan. I am so sick of how dirty this state is. If our politics were clean maybe we wouldn't be last in everything good and first in everything bad. Vote all these SoBs out this Fall!"


ROFL What was that? Your politics and your posting as clean as "Clean Coal".

Jake in 3D

PS Running for any elected office in your state and winning it at the polls is known as democracy.

Posted by: jake3D | July 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

To good_angel: I have no idea whether what you say is true or not. I do know that some of things that you say certainly make me think that a good angel you are not otherwise you would not be repeating them. "Good Angels" just don't do that.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | July 16, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Although I live in Ohio, I am in very close in proximity with W.Va....There is NO ONE in the state of W.Va that can defeat Manchin.
He is a God there and rightly so....he has done a excellent job for that state.
I belive the plan sort of fell through....Manchin wanted to finish out his term as govenor which ends I think in 2012.
Unfortantly for their plans Sen. Byrd passed away.
Manchin is for the most part conservative and W.Va's best cheerleader.
He is infamous in confronting news organizations and networks that down grade his state.
I wish the Democrats had many more like him.
The Capito bunch know very well their dog can't get anywhere in this race.

Posted by: tlclary | July 16, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Although I live in Ohio, I am in very close in proximity with W.Va....There is NO ONE in the state of W.Va that can defeat Manchin.
He is a God there and rightly so....he has done a excellent job for that state.
I belive the plan sort of fell through....Manchin wanted to finish out his term as govenor which ends I think in 2012.
Unfortantly for their plans Sen. Byrd passed away.
Manchin is for the most part conservative and W.Va's best cheerleader.
He is infamous in confronting news organizations and networks that down grade his state.
I wish the Democrats had many more like him.
The Capito bunch know very well their dog can't get anywhere in this race.

Posted by: tlclary | July 16, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

We don't have to argue about how accurate Rasmussen is. 538 has Rasmussen ranked 14th out of 62 pollsters for accuracy. That good, but not among the best pollsters.

See: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/search/label/pollster%20ratings

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 16, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen had McCain winning less than a month from the election. They were being embarrassed by other polls so they started trying to get close to the others on the closing week. They are a Republican poll. There is not doubt about that and they are not accurate.

Posted by: billr40229 | July 16, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Joe Manchin will not support Cap and Trade. He did support the Obama Care health care bill, which the majority of West Virginians want repealed. Most of the people in WV are against any immigration bill and support Arizona's SB1070. Joe Manchin's uncle who held office in West Virginia was a looney homosexual and known for presenting meaningless titles and medals to people to be popular. Manchin has been tied to a grading scandal at West Virginia University where his daughter was given a degree she didn't really earn. He is somewhat conservative and doesn't like Obama, which is a good thing in this state.

Posted by: good_angel | July 16, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler, Rasmussen was the most accurate poll in the last two national elections. Do not shoot the messenger just because you do not like the message.

Posted by: Childrex | July 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh zouk poor fellow let me explain it to you with little words.

You guys rile up your base with appeals to racism.

We rile up our base with appeals to how ugly racism is.

Aren't you glad we cleared that up?

Posted by: Noacoler
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All cleared up. That's exactly the position of the New Post-Racial Panther Party.

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it's another southerner

Posted by: kase | July 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Gallup has it at 44% today

Posted by: Kosh9 | July 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I's ALWAYS Rasmussen with these guys. You'd think even these mentally deficient conservatives would take not that they're always quoting the same poll, and that the others never provide joy.

Get a clue, guys ... oh, never mind.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 16, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Libs and their numbers??????

In Mr Obama's poll numbers this week, CBS News reports 13 per cent of the people think his economic leadership has bettered their lives. That means 87 per cent do not – that is rather a lot. The Rasmussen Reports' daily tracking poll yesterday showed 43 per cent strongly disapprove of his leadership and 26 strongly approve. This is low. These are only two examples of the general slide you discern as people talk about Obama.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"don't think it will work. the 60-70% of the country that is firmly against the things Obama is doing to this country"


Obama's approval rating was at 46% yesterday, so i think your numbers are a bit off. Typical for the Teatards. Palin supporters have to be a bit off.

Posted by: Kosh9 | July 16, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh zouk poor fellow let me explain it to you with little words.

You guys rile up your base with appeals to racism.

We rile up our base with appeals to how ugly racism is.

Aren't you glad we cleared that up?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

No reason to believe Joe the DINO (Democrat In Name only) would do anything but appoint a lacky. He may get a race from Shelly Capito when the election is held, but for now, things will go his way.

"teatards "

Excellent!!

Posted by: Kosh9 | July 16, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

the libs have been given their marching orders:

Fan the flames of racism.

that is pitifully all they have left.

don't think it will work. the 60-70% of the country that is firmly against the things Obama is doing to this country, know that they are not racist. Seems like the ones screaming it are the culprits instead.

Nice try Libs. you must be really desperate. If the polls are even close to accurate, I can see why.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

OH, also there was a question as to whether teatards are racists? Well, I think we can put the question to rest:

he Tea Party Express' Mark Williams -- fresh off his claim that the NAACP makes "more money off of race than any slave trader, ever" -- took to his personal blog today to offer an at least racist-ish screed calling out the NAACP for continuing to use the word "Colored" in its name.

In the post, Williams calls NAACP President Ben Jealous "Tom's Nephew" and ties tea party calls for smaller government to "emancipation" (which, of course, is just steps away from the standard tea party line that Democratic policies amount to "tyranny.")

But the central theme centers around, as Williams writes, the "absurdity of a group that calls blacks 'Colored People' hurling charges of racism."

Here's a sample (the post is written in the form of a mock letter to President Abraham Lincoln from Jealous):

"We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don't cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop.

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government "stop raising our taxes." That is outrageous! How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong."

Again, for the record: this how an official at the Tea Party Express explains how not racist the Tea Party is.

Posted by: drindl | July 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"If Manchin pulls this political bs I will NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT AGAIN"

you are not a democrat and never were. spare us.

Posted by: drindl | July 16, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

If Manchin pulls this political bs I will NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT AGAIN. For anything. West Virginia politics aren't just dirty they are filthy and it looks like Joe is just as corrupt and opportunistic as the rest of his clan. I am so sick of how dirty this state is. If our politics were clean maybe we wouldn't be last in everything good and first in everything bad. Vote all these SoBs out this Fall!

Posted by: erasmusinwv2 | July 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Typical WV dirty politics. If Manchin pulls this political bs I will NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT AGAIN. For anything. West Virginia politics aren't just dirty they are filthy and it looks like Joe is just as corrupt and opportunistic as the rest of his clan. I am so sick of how dirty this state is. If our politics were clean maybe we wouldn't be last in everything good and first in everything bad. Vote all these SoBs out this Fall! Its the only way to save constitutional government in West Virginia against neoptism, greed, and corruption.

Posted by: erasmusinwv2 | July 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Only in West Virginia.

A political crony with no business in such a powerful position is selected to replace a "reformed" racist.

It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetically sad.

Posted by: alc0f7 | July 16, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

someone calling himself a Tea Party Patriot, defiles a deceased US Senator.
and the Iowa TeaParty post an antisemetic
billboard. Any wonder why many question the tactics of some of their members?
believe me there is absolutely nothing patriotic about your completely dispicable post about the late Sen Byrd.

Posted by: leichtman1 | July 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

And what's goodwin's Klan title? Given his predecessor, he should at least be an Exalted Cyclops. Let's not degrade the greatness of byrd with a lesser Klanster.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

You won't be here for election day.

Best,
Bob

Posted by: BobSanderson


why, are only the braindead remaining behind?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

You have to serve in the senate for a few years before you qualify for the pension. It is less time for Congressmen.

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

the WaPo tried to hint that all opposition to Obungler is racist based with the poll it released. How the mighty have fallen into the gutter.
Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for
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Perhaps the next poll and blog will be why Obama is not in trouble with black voters and how it has nothing to due with race.

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

present-and-unaccounted-for,

You won't be here for election day.

Best,
Bob

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder . . .

February 25, 2010: While discussing the health-care bill, Nancy Pelosi declares, “It’s about jobs. In its life [health-care reform] will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”

April 23, 2010: Joe Biden, at a Pennsylvania fundraiser: “I’m here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.”

April: 241,000 private-sector jobs created.

May: 33,000 private-sector jobs created.

June: 83,000 private-sector jobs created; 652,000 Americans left the work force.

I hope we see those quotes in campaign ads this fall.

"no question, the economy is heading in the right direction" - BHO

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats are trying to get the appointee seated in order to pass an extension of jobless benefits next week. "

yes, the sooner an extension can be passed the sooner that an untold amount of jobs will be saved or created just as Nancy says.

Posted by: leapin | July 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"The post to which the tweet referred was about how Brewer has used the immigration issue to go from also ran to clear frontrunner.

I pass no judgments in the post -- or now -- on the rightness of the Arizona law. Not my job." CC

Not my job? Is that so?

I think that going a little deeper than typing "he said that" and "she said that" would do you a lot of good. The implications of policies and laws are much more important than pasting a quick poll result or repeating some official's spin on how successful it was. What happens next to the candidate should at least be on your radar or don't you want to think that far?

It is much better job than the one you have but maybe you are not up to it.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Still no mention of the PPP poll showing Obungler losing to every Repub candidate and barely tying Palin?

That is curious. why would the Fix, a blog known for following just such polls, choose to ignore such an interesting result?

the story of the week is just how bad Obama has been for the nation and how unpopular he is now. Yet the fix spends it resources touting how wonderful Spineless Harry is?

Is this part of the new changes we can expect when you silence all conservative voices soon?

the WaPo tried to hint that all opposition to Obungler is racist based with the poll it released. How the mighty have fallen into the gutter.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Does this guy get a pension for 4 months served ?


It is pretty hilarious -


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

A 36 year old who is not a multi-millionaire? A martian observing this country would guess that's unconstitutional. Good choice by Manchin.

(Well, I hope he's not a multi-millionaire. I don't actually know.)

Posted by: Hopeful9 | July 16, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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