West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said on Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2024. “I have made one of the toughest decisions of my life and decided that I will not be running for reelection to the United States Senate,” Manchin said in a video posted on Xitter. He added that he would remain active in politics and consider whether interest was in “a movement to mobilize the middle,” which sounded very No Labels-y.
This could mean that Democrats will likely lose a Senate seat, but the stubborn centrist has been a thorn in the left’s side. It’s probably time for him to come out of the closet. After all, this is the same genius who prioritized the filibuster’s continued existence over the Democrats’ legislative agenda, thus handing Republicans a veto over anything that can’t be passed through the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a normal majority vote.
To the West Virginians who have put their trust in me and fought side by side to make our state better – it has been an honor of my life to serve you. Thank you. My statement on my political future: pic.twitter.com/dz8JuXAyTL
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 9, 2023