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Manchin to discuss Byrd succession process

July 07, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin says he's now prepared to discuss the process for finding a successor for the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

The governor's office has announced Manchin will discuss the succession process with reporters Wednesday in Charleston.

Republicans, labor leaders and the business community have all weighed on the future of a Senate seat held by Byrd for more than a half century.

Last week, Manchin said he would not start searching for a successor until after the longest-serving senator is laid to rest. That occurred Tuesday in suburban Washington.

He said it would be "so disrespectful" to discuss succession before then.

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