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Justice switches to the Republican party

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Surprised this hasn't come up yet.

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/535890/


West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced at a campaign-style rally with President Trump on Thursday that he is switching parties from Democrat to Republican.

“I tell you as West Virginians I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor,” Justice said at the rally standing on stage with the president. “So tomorrow I will be changing my registration to Republican.” In his address to the crowd, Justice suggested that he would have an easier time working with the state’s Republican-controlled legislature by switching parties. Trump cheered the decision, saying that Justice “showed the country that our agenda rises above left or right.”

West Virginia used to be a Democratic stronghold, but the state has grown increasingly conservative in recent years and now votes reliably Republican at the presidential and state level. In 2014, the state legislature flipped from Democratic to Republican control. Trump won West Virginia in November, defeating Hillary Clinton in a landslide with 67 percent of the vote.

Like Trump, Justice is a billionaire who ran for election as a newcomer to politics, and was elected in November 2016. During his campaign, he took pains to show he was no fan of Clinton. “I cannot be a supporter of Hillary Clinton,” Justice told a West Virginia radio station last August.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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Republicans now hold a 2/3rds majority.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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Justice is what he is. I'm not very happy with any aspect of our state government at this time. Justice changing political affiliation does little to change anything.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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Republicans now hold a 2/3rds majority.


...and actively campaign on how screwed up things are.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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Yep. Like how terrible the biased the liberal media are, how terrible the RINO's are such as McCain and Ryan, and Sessions at times can be all bark and no bite, how repubs voted against shitcare but now vote for it, an example is how and how terrible O left the country for Trump to fix.

But if you think republicans are bad, imagine how shitty it is to be a Democrat if Governers are starting to switch to Reublican.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party

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http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-pol ... to-sign-tax-reform-stance

Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2018, said even though he supports the Democrats’ fiscal ideas, he won’t sign on without efforts to bring Republicans on board. He also said the election is not influencing his decision-making.

“The bottom line is, if it doesn’t help West Virginia, it doesn’t make sense to me, and just because there’s an election doesn’t mean I sign on or don’t sign on,” he said. “If you look at all the time I’ve been here, there’s stuff I don’t sign on to. I just don’t think it’s a good way to do business when you don’t try to get people from the front end.”

When asked if Morrisey’s request and related messaging attempting to tie him in with Democratic leadership affected his decision to not sign the letter, Manchin said he doesn’t care about the attacks and they don’t affect policy decisions.

“I don’t give a s--t, you understand? I just don’t give a s--t,” he said. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s--t that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”

“I’m not scared of an election, let’s put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me. I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”

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I wish Manchin would be our Governor again. He did a way better job than the two who have followed him.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party

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Manchin's a hack and Justice is an idiot just like the people who think that him "changing parties" actually means anything.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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EERY wrote:
Justice is what he is. I'm not very happy with any aspect of our state government at this time. Justice changing political affiliation does little to change anything.


I agree. Changes nothing really.

The things is, there can be a very big difference between Republicans and Conservatives --repubs are not always conservative or even close. Perhaps Justice see's the downfall of the Dems coming like a lot of us do, and he's making the switch to gain ground in that area --but this doesnt mean that he's going to do any better at his job. WV has been under democratic socialism for so long, its going to take some drastic things to pull us out of poverty and addiction. It may never happen here honestly. We are one of the deeper rooted states in the terrible, regressive Democrat policy ideas. We are a great but very small example of what you get under democratic socialism. It gets so bad it may not be fixable. Its no wonder people are waking up and beginning to reject it. Bernie and the like would have our entire country as screwed as WV is. We would be 3rd world at that point.

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Re: Justice switches to the Republican party
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Actually, this could be a brilliant political move for Trump.

Hearing that Manchin is being considered for Secretary of Energy or something similar. That allows Justice to appoint a republican replacement which improves the ratio in the senate for Republicans.

Manchin gets national spotlight. Trump gets less resistance in the senate. Justice wins the hearts and minds of Trump country ensuring reelection.

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All within the rules so no complaining here. Elections have consequences.

Posted on: 8/16 5:54 pm
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