The Democrats could be on the verge of losing a coveted and important Senate seat that would increase the Republican majority.
West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is looking to possibly exit from the Senate after a hard fought battle to keep his job.
He has been angry with how the Senate, and Congress, are not accomplish anything with all the focus on President Donald Trump, The Hill reported.
And Manchin has not been loved by his fellow Democrats after he voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
He also did not score many points with them when he told Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer to “kiss my you know what.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is eyeing a possible exit from the Senate, and his decision could be a significant factor in which party controls the majority in 2021.
In moments of frustration, the centrist senator has gone so far as to tell colleagues he may leave the upper chamber before the end of this Congress, or after the 2020 elections.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) keeps a close watch on Manchin, and the senators have a good working relationship. While Schumer recognizes that his West Virginia colleague can get exasperated by dysfunction in the Senate, he believes Manchin is content and engaged in his job.
But Manchin says he’s deeply irritated with the lack of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill, where passing bills has largely become an afterthought in the 116th Congress.
Manchin noted supporters in West Virginia are pressing him to run for governor next year, and he’s considering it.
“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor. We’re looking at all the different plays. I want to make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive,” Manchin said.
“I haven’t been happy since I’ve been here. I’ve always thought there was more we can do. It’s the greatest body in the world, so much good could be done,” he said when asked if he was happy in the Senate.
“I think he’s been fed up for a long time,” one senator said on Manchin. “He said, ‘I have so many people talking to me about whether I should or I shouldn’t [run for governor].’ ”
“One of the things you get as a lawmaker is you get lots of free advice from lots of people. He expressed frustration, and it’s the same that a lot of people share,” the senator said.
It is unlikely that a Democrat would hang on to the spot in the Senate if Manchin retires as President Trump won West Virginia in a major way, The New York Post reported.
The move could play a major role in determining which party controls the upper house of Congress in 2020.
Democrats currently hold 47 seats and face uphill battles in numerous red and purple states in the next election cycle.
West Virginia has grown to be a GOP stronghold. In August 2017, its Democratic governor, Jim Justice, announced he was switching parties to join the GOP while on stage with President Trump at a rally.
Author: Carmine Sabia
Source: The Federalist Papers: Dem Sen Manchin Considering Leaving Senate, Spot Near Certain To Go To GOP