Governor Manchin begins process to appoint successor to Senator Byrd
By Kyle Maichle
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant briefed Governor Joe Manchin that there would be no special election to fill the seat until the 2012 general election. Secretary of State Tennant said despite Byrd had more than two and a half years left in his term, the primary filing deadline already passed.
This allows the process to begin for the Governor to appoint an interim Senator that would serve until the 2012 special election. Despite rumors were made that Governor Manchin would appoint himself to the seat, the Governor denied the rumors.
It is unknown who Governor Manchin will consider to replace the longest serving Senator in U.S. history. No timetable has been set for an annoucement.