Constitution Party urges special election

January 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON — The Constitution Party of West Virginia has issued a resolution urging a special election for governor, according to a release from the party.

Officers of the party voted on Sunday to pass the resolution, citing references to the state constitution. The resolution also “resolves that the acting governor (Tomblin) cannot perform legislative duties while serving as interim governor.”

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin became governor late last year after Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate post vacated by the death of Robert C. Byrd. Tomblin will continue to serve as Senate president, but has said he will not conduct any legislative duties while serving as governor.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is considering a lawsuit requesting a special election and will hear arguments on Tuesday.

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