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W.Va. governor keeps active as term winds down

October 04, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - By definition, Bob Wise may be a lame-duck governor, but a look at his schedule shows he's not going to spend his last weeks in office waddling.

Since taking office in 2001, Wise has been a frequent visitor to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, and he's stopped here at least three times in the last two weeks.

"I'm paid until the last day and we've got a lot to do," Wise said Friday. He said he wants to hand over the governor's office to his successor with the state in the best shape possible.

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On Sept. 19, Wise toured the Berkeley County town of Darkesville, which was hit hard by a tornado caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan.

The next week, he scheduled five town meetings to discuss prescription drugs, including one on Thursday in Martinsburg.

And on Friday, Wise officially awarded Eastern Regional Airport officials a $1.266 million grant.

Wise said he intends to work every day until his contract expires in mid-January, when he will be replaced by either Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, or Monty Warner, a Republican.

Wise announced last August that he would not seek a second term in office - three months after admitting that he had been unfaithful to his wife.

Although he's not one to use the word "never," Wise said he would be surprised at himself if he ever decides to seek public office again.

He said the only seat he wants is one in which to watch his daughter's high school soccer games.

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