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Manchin Emerges as Possible
Pick for Energy Department

Bloomberg, by Kevin Cirilli*

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Posted By:danvillebill, 8/11/2017 7:45:32 PM

Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda. If Manchin were offered and accepted the position, that would allow West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice -- a newly minted Republican -- to appoint a GOP successor and bring the party a vote closer in the Senate to being able to repeal Obamacare. The idea is in the early stages of consideration, and it’s unclear whether it has

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Tundrarider, 8/11/2017 7:57:38 PM     (No. 11349015)

I LIKE it. There are 2 or 3 Republicans who are considering running against Manchin. I do not recall which is considerd the favorite. With any luck, the new Republican governor will appoint one of them....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MeiDei, 8/11/2017 8:41:29 PM     (No. 11349039)

IS Rick Perry on his way out?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MFM, 8/11/2017 8:44:00 PM     (No. 11349044)

Perry will be taking Kelly position at DHS..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FormerDem, 8/11/2017 9:12:48 PM     (No. 11349060)

but if Manchin has been a cowardly and disappointing Senator, wouldn´t he be a cowardly and disappointing Secretary? Still, why not try him out and give him a chance.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 8/11/2017 10:04:32 PM     (No. 11349096)

With a ´´D´´ after his name? UMMMM,I don´t like that at all. He HAS to change parties or else he´s not worth...heck, I hardly trust the political creatures with an ´´R´´ after their name let alone a ´´D´´!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1, 8/11/2017 10:07:55 PM     (No. 11349097)

Bad idea. Even if he switches parties. Manchin is in it for himself, first, last, always. Talk to some people who know him.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/11/2017 10:30:34 PM     (No. 11349106)

Kind of an overly Machiavellian ploy, really. But, then again, Lincoln´s Cabinet was riddled with Democrats who absolutely loathed the new President.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 8/11/2017 10:48:54 PM     (No. 11349113)

There are "issues", as mentioned above, but it is an interesting possibility.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/12/2017 12:46:56 AM     (No. 11349152)

´To a hammer everything looks like a nail.´
Manchin´s answer to every energy need will be... COAL! What a surprise!
s/o

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fed-up, 8/12/2017 8:41:05 AM     (No. 11349271)

The Dims would blow a gasket! To lose a seat in the Senate is key at this point.

Who cares is he is in the Energy Dept., to have the newly switched GOP Gov. appoint a Republican to his seat, would be a real coup!

McCain? You could be irrelevant if this happens. You need to step down anyway. Enjoy your last years with your family.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: msjena, 8/12/2017 11:15:49 AM     (No. 11349419)

Nice chess move. Manchin is probably receiving death threats as we speak.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Smart11344, 8/12/2017 12:46:07 PM     (No. 11349502)

Quite a twist in this game of poceralin throwns. At least Manchin could be fired as a head of a departmen by the president. He can´t be fired as a senator, except by an election or crimes against American Could be a win-win for Trump.

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