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Political Suspicions 1

August 1, 2009 - Joselyn King
Just what does West Virginia Speaker Richard Thompson have planned in his future?

Points of note:

1- It was in early July that Thompson, a Democrat and attorney from Wayne County, filled in for Gov. Joe Manchin at a patriotic-themed Lions Club meeting in Wheeling. He brought along his wife and guitar and sang "God Bless the U.S.A."

2- Later in the month, he made yet another trip to the Northern Panhandle. This time, he was a guest server at a charity event in Weirton.

Things that make you go. . . hum??? Lots of visibility in the north for the southern lawmaker.

3- On Friday, Manchin's weekly column was released as it usually is. However, this week an additional column -- with Thompson as guest columnist -- was sent out. His topic was the first meeting of the the West Virginia Independent Judicial Reform Commission, which is to make recommendations on reforming the state's court system.

Thompson noted in the column that he introduced legislation calling for establishments of business courts.

The issue of court reform is an important one in West Virginia - one someone running for governor must pick up on.

Isn't State Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and highly involved with proposed reforms. Isn't he also running for governor?

Could Thompson also be seeking to make his mark with court changes, stealing some thunder from Kessler?

Could he also be seeking the governor's office in 2012?

Kessler v. Thompson would set up an interesting "north-south" Democratic primary.

And the term-limited Manchin? Who does it look like he's supporting?


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