Gov. Joe Manchin is tapping former chief counsel Carte Goodwin to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, Democratic officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Three people familiar with the governor's pick spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment ahead of an official announcement.
Manchin is scheduled to present his appointee at a press conference this afternoon at the Capitol.
Regardless of if it is Goodwin, whomever picked would just be a temp until November when they would have a vote for someone to finish out the last two years of the late Robert C. Byrd's term.
(h/t to AMERICAblog, who, by the way, are doing some great work following the DADT story on AMERICAblogGAY)