Sen. Joe Manchin, D-VA, said Sunday he will not be pressured into taking positions he disagrees with just to win re-election.
“I don’t give a shit, you understand? I just don’t give a shit,” Manchin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “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 shit 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,” he said. “I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”
The West Virginia Senator’s comments came in response to an attack from a Republican Senate candidate, Patrick Morrisey, who said Manchin should resign from Democratic leadership as he accused him of not fully representing his constituents.
Morrisey was commenting on Manchin’s refusal to sign on to a letter from Democrats naming their three main points on tax reform. Manchin said he agreed with the content of the letter but wanted Democrats to try and win the support of Republicans for the plan.
“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,” Manchin added.
“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.”