Robert Byrd’s Successor Yet To Be Named

June 29th, 2010 - 7:08 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
29caucus-byrd-blogspanJune 29, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Robert C. Byrd, late West Virginia senator passed away recently and his demise has left the politicians in the state with the task of finding a suitable successor. Natalie Tennant, the Secretary of State said that no special election would be held to find a successor to his post.

A Supreme Court ruling given in 1994 ensures that the appointee would not have to contest elections before the year 2012. There will be two races taking place for the US senate. The first race would be for the unexpired term of Robert C. Byrd while the other one would be for the full term. This is a unique situation. Gov. Joe Manchin will decide the successor to the late senator Robert C. Byrd. He is being considered the favorite for the full term which will begin in 2013.

The political veterans are expecting that Gov. Joe Manchin will choose a successor who will not run for the next term. As a governor he is limited by two terms. His sophomore term ends by the end of 2012. Robert C. Byrd was known for getting his state a large pie of the federal dollars during his tenure. He was the country’s longest-serving senator and held his seat for over 4 decades.

His demise makes the room for 6th appointee from the commencement of 111th Congress in The USA. The appointment of these candidates has raised the question whether a gubernatorial choice is better than an elected candidate to fill in the positions. However, the majority of US states have chosen to give their governors the power to select an interim senator.

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