Statement by: West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue Regarding Sen. Joe Manchin's Absence during Critical Votes
"Great Senators make difficult decisions and they display courage and leadership in the face of adversity. The late Robert C. Byrd personified these qualities. Unfortunately Senator Joe Manchin isn't demonstrating characteristics of a great Senator during his first month in office. Avoiding key votes on the DREAM Immigration Act and the repeal of the military "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, issues central not only to the citizens of West Virginia, but to our nation, isn't just a bad political maneuver, it is ineffective representation and leadership.
Senator Joe Manchin took an oath to be a voice for the great state of West Virginia in the U.S. Senate. It's a job that encompasses voting on important issues, not avoiding work on the days tough issues are decided. Experience is gained not by sidestepping responsibilities but by commitment, steadfast study and, yes at times, personal sacrifice. It is hoped Senator Manchin will soon begin to display the political integrity and courage West Virginians expect in their Senators and take a page from the late great Senator Robert C. Byrd who never lacked for courage or leadership on the U.S. Senate floor."
--Submitted by Windy Cutler