HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The National Co-Chair for the Republican National Committee is extending an invitation to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Sharon Day said now may the time for Manchin to change parties.

“Democrats are doing it all across the country so, if he wants to stand with West Virginia’s convictions, the principles of its citizens, we invite him to do the same thing and we’ve got a switch card with his name on it,” said Day.

“I think the values of West Virginia are more Republican than Democrat, so we invite him to join the army and the team that supports West Virginia’s principles and West Virginia’s values.”

Day was a guest on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” before a scheduled appearance on Friday night at the Cabell County Republican Executive Committee’s Women of Influence Dinner at Guyan Country Club in Huntington.

The event was celebrating the 93rd anniversary of the 19th amendment which gave all American women the right to vote.  The amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 after decades of protest.

Day said it’s clear times have changed for women and the GOP in West Virginia where Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is now considered the frontrunner for the U.S. Senate heading into the 2014 election.

“The Democrats really don’t have anybody who wants to run or step up to run, to put it out there and Democrats, here in West Virginia, keep trying to find somebody to run against her and one after the other turns it down,” said Day.

Those being honored on Friday night were Helen Freeman, founder and president of the Huntington Outdoor Theater, along with Carol Miller and Kelli Sobonya who are both Cabell County delegates.

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  • winston

    turn republican and push right to work good for joe and state

  • joe biten

    Manchin is to "pro Obama" to switch. He, like just about all democrats and a number of republican, McCain, Graham, Alexander, etc., are determined to "change" America....and not for the better.

  • Magic Mike

    Not going to happen. No way Joe switches. He will live out the rest of his life in the senate. I just wonder if he does not have presidential aspirations.

    I think he should run against Hillary.

  • Randy

    As a republican who voted for Manchin because John Raese said that there was nothing wrong with the health insurance system in the country(while I believe that Obamacare is a total suckfest), I regret the hell out of my vote. Become a republican? Why would we want him?

    • Randy

      I'll self edit. Tell me where I have sinned.

      • Randy

        I'm awaiting comment moderation like a bad bad donkey. Doesn't that ring beastial?! Send me off to a reeducation camp like I'm a Missouri rodeo clown.

  • jlee

    Manchin is whatever is popular, Dem one day or Repub the next or Indep. He has no loyalty except to himself. I wonder how much of Shelly Moore Capito's costs of her college education, trust funds and investments were from her dad's stealing of public funds and bribes?

  • susanf

    Don't you people understand that MoJo will go whichever way the political winds are blowing?? He is all about himself only and will say or do anything that will gain votes. In other words, he is a typical politician. Nothing newsworthy here. Move on.

  • Big John

    Sorry to say but Joe is a Democrat in name only. His philosophy is to help the rich get richer and the poor people he wants to forget about him. Senator Byrd would be very disapointed in say it isn"t so Joe. Most people in southern West Virginia can see what the republicans want-cut food stamps, cut unemployment benefits, cut Medicaid, cut Medicare, cut social security,. The Republican party will not be in office after they cause the government to default and cut your social security .

  • wvman75

    This was just pre-election bloviating. Manchin has supported the democrats' national agenda at the expense of West Virginia since he got to Washington. He's in the party he belongs in. His actions prove it.

  • JohnR

    This is all very interesting because the Rethugs have said everything under the sun about Senator Manchin. They have called him every name in the book! And now calls for a party switch? Senator Manchin is smarter than this. He got to see the far right in action over his gun check bill. The lies the Rethug party told on him and his this was all clearly enough for Senator Manchin to see what kind of fake lunatics gunning for him.
    Manchin is by far one of the most independent minded senators in Washington. He works well with all ideologies and represents our state with grace. He's right in the middle where the vast majority of Americans are.
    Honesty matters and Joe has it all over the Rethugs!
    And as I have said before... Natalie Tennant and Joe Manchin in Washington will be a two one punch for West Virginia. Natalie is not part of the mess in Washington. Thank goodness Senator Manchin as stayed above the fray as well.
    Don't get CAPITOED!

    • Vinnie

      Are you Natalie Mountainette's campaign manager? Wow. Wipe the slobber off your face. You are typical of what is wrong with our state.

  • RogerD

    Missing from the story is that the R beside Sharon Day's name stands for Retard. The same part of the party that gave us McCain and Romney. Karl Rove and his whiteboard also probably has a hand in this. What a bunch of losers. Republicans will never win another major election unless they return to conservative principles.

  • DWL

    Great? Just what we don’t want. Another RINO! No Show Joe is fine just where he at – doing nothing but kissing O’s rear in the Dysfunctional Capital, after stepping over Carpetbagger Jays lifeless body.

  • CaptainQ

    Joe Manchin switch sides? This idea's not as far fetched as you think, especially if the GOP wins back (or is close to winning back) the U.S. Senate in 2014. MoJo has always been a political opportunist, so if he can see/find any advantage to 'turning coat', he'll do it in a heartbeat!

    Switching/Dropping political parties has a mixed history. It worked for Senator Joe Liebermann in Connecticut during the last decade, but not for Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. Would it work for Joe Manchin? I don't think so. Joe 'crossed the line' with many WV voters by backing a form of gun control, and no matter what political party he chooses to associate himself with in 2018, voters are not likely going to simply 'forgive and forget.'

  • MyView

    This would mean Blow Joe is as smart as Evan Jenkins. Please you are given Blow Joe to much credit.

  • thornton

    Sharon does not know much about WVa, does she? That should be the take-away.

    I'd vote for Natalie...if she grows a beard. No wait...she broke that tradition decades ago. No, still won't vote for her....too much of a Stepford Politico there.

  • D.P.

    I would love to see MoJoe become a Republican! He is one of a very few (if not the only one) Dems who has the balls to PUBLICLY disagree with Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party. I see NO problem with the bill he co-sponsored relative to background checks. Unlike Obama, and many Dems, he has absolutely NO intention of doing away with gun ownership.

    Of course I don't agree with Manchin on everything. But I don't agree with ANY Republican on everything. I've never agreed with ANY Politician on everything.

    Manchin is what's been lacking in Washington for a very long time: A politician who is willing to do what is best for WV and for our country even if he is in disagreement with the majority of his Democratic constituents.

    Although I'm very doubtful he will change parties, MoJoe would make a WONDERFUL Republican Senator. Along with Shelley, they could help move WV into the 21st century!!!

    • Vinnie

      Used to think that way about Joe. Now I see an opportunist who changes with the wind. He did himself in by taking Bloomberg's money. Don't want him in Republican party. The only real area he differs with his party and Obama is with coal and abortion.

    • JohnR

      You mean take WV back to the 19th century, right?
      Millionaire Shelley NO MOORE Capito needs has been in congress too long. She is the problem.
      Natalie Tennant for Senate!