CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will be the keynote speaker for the West Virginia Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner next month.
The party announced Schumer’s appearance Wednesday.
State Democratic Party chair Belinda Biafore said in a press release Schumer is in high demand following his involvement in September in negotiating a deal to prevent a government shutdown.
“The Senator has always been a stalwart champion for America’s working families and that’s why West Virginia Democrats are so excited to see him speak,” she added.
Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and President Donald Trump reached a deal to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling until Dec. 8.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Spokesman Bob Salera said the invitation is not beneficial to Sen. Joe Manchin, who is running for re-election in 2018.
“Joe Manchin has had no problem taking his marching orders from New York liberal Chuck Schumer, so it should be no surprise if he welcomes the Minority Leader to West Virginia next month,” Salera said in a statement.
“Perhaps Schumer and Manchin can jointly explain why they are working to block key elements of President Trump’s agenda like the border wall and defunding sanctuary cities.”
The dinner will be held Nov. 3 at the Charleston Civic Center.