No Election to Fill Byrd's Seat Until 2012
GOP pushes legislature to call 2010 election.
6:32 PM, Jun 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Chicago Tribune's Mike Memoli reports:
Troy Berman, executive director of the West Virginia GOP, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the secretary of state's reading of the law "seems accurate," though the GOP doesn't foreclose" the possibility of a "legal remedy" to force an election in November to fill Byrd's seat. "We're still examining our options," says Berman.
Berman says the state GOP will be calling on the legislature to act next week to hold an election to fill Byrd's seat in November. Though both houses of the legislature are controlled by Democrats, Berman argues that an unelected senator should not represent the state for two years when it is possible to have a November election at no additional cost to the state.