Report: Goodwin choice as Byrd’s replacement in Senate 

Pat McMahon Contributor
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sources tell The Associated Press that Carte Goodwin will be Gov. Joe Manchin’s temporary appointee to the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s seat.

Individuals involved in the process identified the governor’s former chief lawyer as his pick. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.

The Charleston Gazette reported earlier this week that Goodwin had become the front-runner for the appointment.

Manchin is scheduled to present his appointee at a Friday afternoon press conference at the Capitol.

The 36-year-old Goodwin served as Manchin’s general counsel from 2005 until early 2009.

Goodwin would hold the seat until November, when the governor wants general election voters to decide who will serve the final two years of Byrd’s term.

Byrd was the Senate’s longest-serving when he died last month at 92.