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June 06, 2008

A Degree of Difficulty for Joe Manchin?

posted by Josh Goodman

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who is up for reelection this year, is in the midst of a mid-sized scandal. The President of West Virginia University has resigned, after the school improperly awarded a master's degree to the governor's daughter.

This probably won't be enough to make Manchin vulnerable, however.  Manchin, a Democrat, currently holds a nearly 350-to-1 fundraising edge over his Republican opponent, former state senator Russ Weeks.

The "Web site rule" also is working against Weeks. The rule: If you don't have a campaign Web site, you're definitely going to lose. If your Web site looks like it dates from the 1990s, you're almost certainly going to lose.

You can visit and decide for yourself.

Update: Weeks has a new Web site. You can view the old one here.


Alan Ehrenhalt

The Bible says that "In my father's house, there are many mansions." I wonder if the governor's daughter may have pressured the university president by reminding him that "In my father's house, there are many Manchins."
There are actually. Joe Manchin has had relatives powerful in Virginia politics for the past 50 years. It's not a family you'd want to cross. Just read the Bible.

Russ supporter

The Weeks campaign agreed with you... They have revamped the website.

Josh Goodman

Thanks, I've updated my post.

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