The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 23, 2013

Our Readers Speak— Friday, Aug. 23, 2013


Did Senator Manchin sell his vote?



When Joe Manchin was our governor, I thought he was a pretty good guy. I trusted him (as much as you can trust a politician), and thought he was doing a pretty good job as governor.

Recently, however, I heard that he sold his vote to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I was skeptical of this, so I Googled “Manchin, Bloomberg, Fundraiser.” I found several stories about Bloomberg having a big fundraiser for Sen. Manchin in Bloomberg’s New York mansion. Tickets to the fundraiser started at $1,000 each.

It’s no secret that Sen. Manchin promised while campaigning for the Senate that he would oppose any new gun control laws including the universal background check. Since becoming a senator, Manchin seems to have gone over to Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun point of view on gun control.

I wrote a letter to Sen. Manchin asking him about this, but so far, I have not gotten any response. Is this fundraiser a way for Bloomberg to repay Manchin for changing his stand on gun control? It appears so, but you’ll need to do a little research and make up your own mind.



James Dupont

Berkeley Springs