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Senator Leaves Democrat Party, Registers As Independent

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced his departure from the Democrat Party and has registered as an Independent.

In a statement, Manchin, who is not running for re-election, said he switched his party affiliation at the West Virginia State Capitol. 

“From my first day in public service in 1982, I have always focused on doing what’s best for my state and my country, without regard to party or politics. Throughout my days in elected office, I have always been proud of my commitment to common sense, bipartisanship and my desire to bring people together. It’s who I am. It’s who I will always be. I have never seen America through a partisan lens,” Manchin said. 

“However, since becoming a United States Senator in 2010, I have seen both the Democrat and Republican parties leave West Virginia and our country behind for partisan extremism while jeopardizing our democracy. Today, our national politics are broken and neither party is willing to compromise to find common ground. To stay true to myself and remain committed to put country before party, I have decided to register as an independent with no party affiliation and continue to fight for America’s sensible majority.”

“My commitment to do everything I can to bring our country together has led me to register as an independent with no party affiliation,” Manchin wrote on X.

In a statement Friday, Manchin said partisanship on both sides has jeopardized democracy.

“To stay true to myself and remain committed to put country before party, I have decided to register as an independent with no party affiliation and continue to fight for America’s sensible majority,” he said.

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1 COMMENT

  1. But he will still most likely caucus with the Democrats like Bernie Sanders does, so it will do nothing to influence the Dems’ majority. He has always voted most of the time along party lines.

    Not to mention it is obvious that he is just trying to survive politically in his red state.

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