Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may leave his Senate seat to run for governor in West Virginia. The Senator is reportedly frustrated with a lack of bipartisanship in the Senate and constantly thinks of leaving, according to the Daily Caller.
While Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has tried to talk him into staying in order to hold the seat in 2020, other colleagues report that Manchin much preferred being governor from 2005-2010 and is looking for a way out of the Senate.
Manchin’s frustration comes as a result of partisan gridlock that has led to endless debate on bills that have little hope of passing a divided Congress or being signed by a president of the opposite party. “I want to make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive,” he said to a fellow lawmaker over the Memorial Day holiday.
Democrats already have to win an additional three to four seats in order to gain control of the Senate. This will be an uphill battle because of the current Senate makeup.
Manchin’s departure will make gaining seats even more difficult, and may lead to a Republican gaining the seat and adding to the current 3-seat majority.
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