The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is gearing up for 2024 and putting conservative Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin in its crosshairs before he’s even said whether he’ll run for reelection.
In a new ad called ‘Maserati Manchin,’ the Senate GOP’s campaign arm highlights Manchin’s luxury vehicle, his $700,000 houseboat, and DailyMail.com’s reporting that he has blown over $1 million in campaign donation on fine dining.
The 75-year-old moderate is likely the only one from his party who can hold on to West Virginia’s Senate seat, and the ad looks designed to dissuade him from running.
‘Life’s very good for Democrat Joe Manchin,’ the ad says, ‘While West Virginians get stuck with higher prices, smaller paychecks, open borders.’
Joe Manchin is likely the only one from his party who can hold on to West Virginia’s Senate seat and the ad looks designed to dissuade him from running
‘Joe Manchin, Joe Biden, living it up,’ the ad says, along with a shot of clinking champagne glasses.
Manchin bought the houseboat, which he docks in Washington, D.C, in 2014 for $220,000. It is said to be valued at approximately $700,000. He also drives a Maserati Levante, an $80,000 SUV.
In an accompanying mailer, the NRSC hit out at Manchin for attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. ‘Instead of working in West Virginia, Joe Manchin is hanging out in Switzerland,’ it reads.
Manchin has remained coy about his 2024 plans, and on Sunday even left the door open to a potential bid for the presidency.
Asked Tuesday by DailyMail.com when the public could expect to hear more about his 2024 plans, Manchin deadpanned: ‘Probably 2024.’
His remark came after Cook Political Report released its initial 2024 Senate ratings putting Manchin’s seat in the ‘toss-up’ category, along with Arizona independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s.
Manchin drives a Maserati Levante, an $80,000 SUV
He did, however, rule out running for governor, a seat he held from 2005-2010.
‘So everything on the table,’ Todd said. ‘There’s basically only one other thing, the presidency. Is that something you would do outside the Democratic party if you did?’
‘The only thing I can tell you is what I will do is whatever I can, when I make my decision, what I think is the best that I can support and represent the people of West Virginia but also be true to this country and the constitution of this country,’ Manchin replied. ‘I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that, when I make my decision, I make it based on what’s best, what I think I can do to support, and best for my country and my state.’
Meanwhile, contentious races are beginning to heat up in the 2024 race for Senate control, which currently favors Dems 51-49.
Manchin bought the houseboat, which he docks in Washington, D.C., for $220,000. It is said to be valued at approximately $700,000
Climate protesters swarm Manchin’s houseboat
In swing state Virginia, Democrats breathed a sigh of relief when Sen. Tim Kaine announced he would run for reelection after ‘grappling’ with the idea. In Michigan, Sen. Debbie Stabenow dealt Democrats a blow by announcing her retirement at the end of her term.
Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin are all swing states with Democratic incumbents who will have a tough battle on their hands if they choose to seek reelection.