EXCLUSIVE: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he is “seriously” considering a gubernatorial election or a second Senate bid in 2024, posing a potential threat to incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Morrisey — who lost his 2018 Senate bid to Manchin by fewer than 20,000 votes — touted his conservative record as Mountain State’s top law enforcement official and suggested he would if he ran again for Running for the Senate would be a “very, very smooth transition” given the work he’s already doing.
In a letter Tuesday to supporters, titled “Big news is coming,” Morrisey, who has represented the state as attorney general since 2013, wrote, “I’m ready for these new struggles — and probably a new position in 2025 — because I already am.” am a leader in the arena and regularly hitting back the Biden agenda.”
The letter came the same day that West Virginia GOP Rep. Alex Mooney announced he would be running as a Republican against Manchin in the state’s 2024 election.
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“I wanted to make many of my supporters aware that I’m going through a process. I’m seriously considering running for US Senate and Governor,” Morrisey told Fox News Digital. “We’re going to take our time, we’re going to listen to people and we’re going to do this right. … We have the strongest record of conservative accomplishments of any potential candidate in West Virginia, and I feel good about it. I just wanted to make sure many of our supporters are reminded of that fact after the election.”
Morrisey said he was unwilling to “engage in a back-and-forth against any particular candidate or person,” but insisted he was “very proud” of his record, claiming it “would go against anyone.” who could compete against us”.
When asked what would make him a better candidate should he decide to challenge Manchin a second time, Morrisey said, “I think the threats the Biden administration is making against our liberties are things that are going to happen to our state and ours nation are fundamental, and that’s me at the forefront, leading against them, fighting against them right now.
“If I were to enter the US Senate, on day one we would be ready to tackle wake culture, lead against the Green New Deal and make sure we keep the deadly fentanyl out of our communities,” he added. “Those are the things I do now, and it would be a very, very smooth transition to push these initiatives out of the US Senate.”
Morrisey touted his team’s record of “putting back and winning big things” and concluded that he doesn’t think there will be “many people in the country who have that record”.
“One thing you learn after going through that in the past is that when you compete you’re ready to run and win and we want to make sure we have the support that we need,” said Morrisey. “All indications are that we have broad support as deep as it will come in West Virginia.”
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At the moment, Morrisey said he has no timeline as to when he will announce his decision, saying he will continue to “evaluate the options” and “keep doing the really good work of taking over the Biden administration and protecting our liberties.” “
Other Republicans also have their eyes on a challenge for Manchin in 2024, including Mooney, who said during a radio interview on Tuesday that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the problems Americans face.
“West Virginia values are at risk in this country. We’re bankrupting America. I want to be part of the solution there,” Mooney said. “It’s been talked about a lot, but I’ll announce it. I now announce that I am running for US Senate. I’m all in.”
When asked about the GOP challengers in 2024, Manchin said Tuesday, “We’ll just see how it goes. But you know, I always wish everyone the best.”
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Manchin faced his biggest challenge in 2018 when he won by just 3% and could face a close challenge from GOP candidates as West Virginia becomes increasingly Republican. Manchin, a moderate Democrat who has opposed several proposals by the Biden administration, has been criticized within his party for the past two years for swing voting in the 50-50 Senate.
Manchin drew national attention when he announced his opposition Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, who needed his vote to pass in the Senate. He continued negotiations with the White House as the Anti-Inflation Bill passed thanks to his vote.
Fox News’ Patrick Hauf contributed to this article.