Manchin Teases Democrats with Fishing Trip Photos: ‘Loving My Independence’

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Sen. Joe Manchin (I-WV) provoked his critics on Saturday with a social media post showcasing his recent fishing adventure.

Manchin, initially elected as a Democrat, revealed on Friday that he has switched his party registration to independent. His Senate term concludes in 2025, and he has declared he will not seek re-election. He shared photos of himself displaying fish at various river sites in West Virginia.

“Enjoying my first weekend of independence in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia,” Manchin wrote alongside the photos.

Currently, three candidates are vying for Manchin’s Senate seat. The Republican contender is Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV), with Glenn Elliott running as the Democratic candidate, and Michael Sigmon as the independent candidate. Justice initially ran for governor as a Democrat but later shifted his party affiliation to Republican, announcing the switch at a Donald Trump rally.

Manchin has been serving in the Senate since 2010.

Jenny Goldsberry
Jenny Goldsberry
Jenny Goldsberry covers social media and trending news. She’s a 2020 Brigham Young University graduate with a major in communications and minor in Japanese. She was born in Utah and has previous newsroom experience at the Salt Lake Tribune and Utah’s NPR station.

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