Manchin eyed as potential pick for Energy secretary

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

The idea to get Manchin into the Energy Department, which is still in its "early stages of consideration", has yet to gain support by the Trump administration, according to Bloomberg.

The position of Energy Secretary is currently being held by Texas Governor Rick Perry, who famously couldn't remember that he wanted to entirely eliminate the department he now runs.

"Senator Manchin has not had any recent conversations with the Administration about the Secretary of Energy position".

Manchin, who was briefly considered for Secretary of Energy, is up for reelection in 2018 in a state that had voted for Trump in the 2016 USA presidential election by a wide margin. "He remains committed to serving the people of West Virginia", said Jonathan Kott. Perry has been rumored to be moved to the Department of Homeland Security or even the Attorney General's office. Kelly became President Trump's chief of staff in July. Perry has expressed a deep interest in the nuclear security and intelligence aspects of the post, and has become a vocal advocate for the national laboratories and for USA energy exports. Perry would have to agree to take another job, the Senate would have to confirm Manchin as Energy Secretary, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would then have to bring a repeal bill back up without losing any of the 49 Republican senators who voted for the so-called skinny repeal. Other Republicans, like Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, are working on a bipartisan fix.

Manchin was reportedly considered for the job after Trump's election in November, but Trump eventually nominated former Texas Gov. Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in West Virginia in the 2016 election.

Manchin has sought to position himself as a political independent. "I just don't give a s--", Manchin said on Sunday to The Charleston Gazette-Mail, in response to being asked about the recent series of political attacks.

"The bottom line is, if it doesn't help West Virginia, it doesn't make sense to me", Manchin told the newspaper.

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