Manchin Already Making Name Known in U.S. Senate

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

Six months into his new job on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has been busy pursuing his brand of consensus building.

The freshman Democrat's approach to politics helped him twice win the governor's mansion. It's also keeping him in view of West Virginia voters as the 2012 election nears.

But Manchin also finds himself sometimes at odds with fellow Democrats and under constant attack from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Manchin says he's trying to foster bipartisanship while being a voice for West Virginians regardless of his seniority.

For now, Manchin has won over critics like Kurt Helms. During last year's Senate race, the retired miner feared Manchin would vote in lockstep with national Democrats. But Helms says that hasn't happened.

©2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 122825894 -
Gray Television, Inc.