Sen. Joe Manchin has selected longtime Democratic political strategist Chris Kofinis to serve as his chief of staff on Capitol Hill, a sign he’s already looking toward re-election two years from now. Manchin won a special election in West Virginia to serve the remainder of the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s term.
Kofinis, a frequent cable TV pundit, is best known for his role on the presidential campaigns of John Edwards in 2008 and Wesley Clark in 2004. He most recently was a consultant for McMahon Squier and Associates and he served as an adviser to Manchin’s Senate campaign. He worked as a communications adviser to the Democratic Governors Association during the most recent cycle.
In a release, Manchin lauded Kofinis’ experience and noted that he considers Kofinis a friend.
Roll Call Politics rates Manchin’s 2012 race as a Tossup.
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Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.