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Many West Virginia Republicans could pose a threat to Senator Joe Manchin, D. Collect hundreds of billions in new taxes.
Last week, Manchin, after more than a year of on-and-off negotiations with the party leadership, reached agreement on legislation that has largely curtailed the more than $3 trillion “Build Back Better” bill. The new bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, spends $433 billion and will raise $739 billion in revenueAnd the According to the Democrats.
Manchin agreed to the procedure, which he said “Fox News Sunday” Host Brett Beyer “Not Raising Taxes,” infuriated many of the state’s Republican policy watchers, as well as those now eyeing a potential challenge to Manchin in 2024, according to sources who have reviewed developments in the state.
“The Republican seat is deep and talented in West Virginia,” Luke Thompson, a Republican political advisor, told Fox News Digital. “If Manchin agrees to support this legislation, all the bipartisan goodwill that he has built over the past two years will be gone in no time. Not all the money in the world will save him from an angry electorate.”
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Possible GOP contenders to challenge Manchin in the 2024 state Senate election include Representative Alex Mooney, and RW.Va. , West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore, and, while unlikely, Attorney General Patrick Morrissey.
Morrissey, who was defeated by Manchin in the 2018 state Senate election, told Fox News Digital that it was “too early” to make decisions around 2024, but did not rule out a possible rematch with Manchin.
“While it is too early to make decisions about 2024, it is already clear that this bill will not be very popular in West Virginia and every citizen who votes in the coming years will associate hyperinflation and high electricity bills with this brutality,” Morrissey said. “I am deeply disappointed that Senator Manchin is voting against such critical interests in West Virginia.”
Rep. Mooney, who currently represents the state’s second congressional district, will face Democratic candidate Barry Wendell in November in a bid to retain his solid red circle seat.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Mooney, who has served in Congress since 2015, did not rule out running for Senate in 2024, but insisted he was focused on his re-election efforts this year.
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“While Donald Trump received 69% of the vote in West Virginia in the 2020 election, Joe Manchin voted outrageously twice to impeach him,” Mooney said. “Once again, the people of West Virginia have sold out by supporting Biden’s liberal agenda. For now, I’m focused on my reelection, but I’m confident Republicans will win the West Virginia Senate race in 2024.”
Another source also noted in a statement to Fox News Digital that Manchin is taking too many risks by aligning it with the mainstream Democrats’ agenda.
“With the reconciliation agreement, Manchin is raising his political flag with Biden and Schumer — which is very dangerous for the West Virginia Democrat,” the source said. “It was one thing when he was making headlines to stop Biden’s agenda – that was coming home. But now he’s the main advocate of the Biden/Schumer Act that wouldn’t reduce inflation, give the rich an incentive to buy Teslas, and raise taxes on almost everyone to do it? Disaster .”
The same source noted that Moore, a former member of West Virginia’s Board of Delegates who has served as state treasurer since January, is “spending time” in West Virginia after he Moved to punish the banks That stopped supporting the state’s coal industry last week. “Moore’s smart money,” the source said.
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While he has not announced whether he will run for re-election in 2024, Manchin, whose current term ends in January 2025, Said in December 2021 It “thinks” of another run and “doesn’t rule out anything”.
“I think most people would expect him to try to run for reelection, but he’s also known to be mercurial,” one source told Fox News Digital, adding that Manchin could make a decision against continuing his service in the capital if he is disgusted with the place after Republicans. to take control of Congress next year.”
Despite constant chatter about growing Republican opposition to Manchin in West Virginia, Mike Pushkin, a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who also serves as the chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party, made it clear that Manchin has the support of West Virginia Democrats. condition.
“Nearly 60% of West Virginia residents approve of the job Joe Manchin does and his sponsorship of the Inflation Cut Act of 2022 will only improve that number,” Pushkin said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Joe Manchin enjoys widespread support among Democrats and independents, most annoyingly to the Republican Nationalist GOP and Mitch McConnell, the Republicans. That is why there is an organized and coordinated effort between the RNC and its advocates, to mischaracterize this landmark legislation…”
Pushkin also stated that Manchin’s support for the inflation-reduction law would be “much rewarded” by state voters if he sought re-election.
“Manchin’s leadership in achieving a fiscally responsible deal that meets the real needs of West Virginia will be greatly rewarded by West Virginia voters,” Pushkin said. “Republicans are always in favor of shrinking deficits until they’re under control. Then they develop amnesia and cut taxes on their very wealthy shareholders who have no way to pay for it.”
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“In back-to-back elections, dating back to his successful campaigns for governor, Republicans are trying to portray Joe Manchin as a Washington-style kind of politician, far removed from West Virginia values,” Pushkin added. “West Virginia Democrats and West Virginia voters always see through that smokescreen and vote for re-election.”
Fox News did not receive an immediate response from Moore.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this article.