Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will announce at 2 p.m. today the interim replacement for the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, the governor's office announced late Thursday. The replacement will serve until the state holds a special election later this year. The Associated Press, citing Democratic officials, reported this morning that Manchin will pick Carte Goodwin, his former chief counsel and a member of a well-known West Virginia family.
The Charleston Gazette reported that Senate Majority Leader Reid will be in Charleston today for a fundraiser at the home of Sen. John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., but it was not clear whether Reid would be there when Manchin announced Byrd's replacement. The replacement will provide Democrats with a key vote as the Senate tries to wrap up its summer agenda, including a vote on extending unemployment benefits slated for Tuesday, after the replacement is sworn in.