Joe Manchin Leaves The Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty

Joe Manchin Leaves The Democratic Party

West Vir­ginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced Fri­day that he had left the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty and had reg­is­tered as an inde­pen­dent, Axios report­ed.
Manchin cit­ed “par­ti­san extrem­ism” from both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans as the pri­ma­ry rea­son for his deci­sion to reg­is­ter as an inde­pen­dent, claim­ing both par­ties had left “West Vir­ginia and our coun­try behind.”
“From my first day in pub­lic ser­vice in 1982, I have always focused on doing what’s best for my state and my coun­try, with­out regard to par­ty or pol­i­tics. Through­out my days in elect­ed office, I have always been proud of my com­mit­ment to com­mon sense, bipar­ti­san­ship and my desire …