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Manchin Resigns From No Labels

Manchin Resigns From No Labels

By Adam O'Neal - November 7, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from increasingly conservative West Virginia, has resigned as co-chairman of No Labels, a bipartisan group that aims to end gridlock in Washington.  

“Given my position as a sitting United States Senator, who cannot be involved in the day-to-day decision making of the organization, I believe it is appropriate for me at this time to step down as honorary Co-Chair,” Manchin said in a statement. 

The resignation comes in the wake of news last month that No Labels would be conducting independent get-out-the-vote operations for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado, now Sen.-elect Cory Gardner.  The story was first reported by RealClearPolitics. 

A spokesperson for the West Virginia lawmaker told RCP at the time that Manchin was previously unaware of the group’s decision to wade into the race and that the senator “does not agree with this approach.” 

In his resignation announcement, Manchin noted that he “still support[s] the original goals of No Labels and will continue to work with them to foster bipartisan communication and bring some common sense back to Washington.” 

Manchin had been a regular fixture at No Labels events, along with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. He played a significant role at a No Labels meeting in September.  

Manchin is up for re-election in 2018 but has not decided if he will pursue another term in the upper chamber. He has previously indicated an interest in returning to West Virginia to again serve as governor, a post he left to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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