Remember how Joe Manchin enjoyed support from both labor and management during his Senate run? The head of the state AFL-CIO is joining the chorus of people (including Republicans) slamming him for missing two big votes on Saturday, and using some florid language to do so.
Kenny Perdue, president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, blasted Manchin in a statement released Monday afternoon, saying his absence during the votes "isn't just a bad political maneuver, it is ineffective representation and leadership.
"Great senators make difficult decisions and they display courage and leadership in the face of adversity," Perdue said in the statement.
"The late Robert C. Byrd personified these qualities. Unfortunately Sen. Joe Manchin isn't demonstrating characteristics of a great senator during his first month in office."
Perdue said Manchin took an oath to be a voice for the state in the U.S. Senate, an oath that requires voting on important issues, not avoiding work when tough issues are decided.
"Experience is gained not by sidestepping responsibilities but by commitment, steadfast study and, yes at times, personal sacrifice," he said.
"It is hoped Sen. Manchin will soon begin to display the political integrity and courage West Virginians expect in their senators and take a page from the late great Sen. Robert C. Byrd who never lacked for courage or leadership on the U.S. Senate floor."