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Manchin’s staff to launch Commonsense Connection

By Staff | Feb 23, 2011

Charleston, W.Va. Representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) launched an unprecedented statewide tour this week that will reach West Virginians in every part of the state as the senator is traveling on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East.

Manchin’s staff will visit Jefferson County Thursday for “Commonsense Connections,” what State Director Kelley Goes calls a series of informal gatherings during which staff will be available to meet with West Virginians to discuss their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns.

Thursday the senator’s staff will be at the Jefferson County Senior Senior, 103 W. 5th Ave. in Ranson, at 11 a.m.; the Shepherd University Rams Den in the Student Center, 210 N. King St., Shepherdstown, at 1 p.m.; and the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St. in Charles Town, at 3:30 p.m.

Each session will last about an hour.

Manchin is in the Middle East on a fact-finding mission and has visited with military commanders, diplomats, local leaders and West Virginia troops in countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Senator Manchin is overseas to see and learn more about the vital issues on the ground there, and to meet the brave men and women from West Virginia who are serving the nation.

“While I am on this important fact-finding trip abroad, where I will be listening to West Virginians who are serving, meeting with our commanders on the ground, and key local leaders, the important work of serving West Virginia continues,” Senator Manchin said.

“I am proud to announce the launch of ‘Commonsense Connections Week,’ where my hardworking staff will be crisscrossing every corner of our state to reach out to our veterans, seniors, small businesses, parents and all hardworking West Virginians to listen to your commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns.”

“Senator Manchin believes that West Virginians shouldn’t have to go to Washington to communicate with their Senator, and that is why we’re launching this never-before-seen effort,” added State Director Goes. “Our staff will blanket the state to make sure we are available to hear the concerns, priorities and commonsense ideas from West Virginians while the Senator is on his important fact-finding trip in the Middle East.”

Manchin began the year with a highly successful two-week “Call for Common Sense” tour, during which he visited 11 counties, drove more than 1,800 miles and talked to hundreds of West Virginias about their ideas, concerns and priorities. Following the success of the “Call for Common Sense” tour, Manchin launched “Coffee and Common Sense,” an ongoing series of conversations with constituents. Senator Manchin has already visited Follansbee, Beckley, Fayetteville, Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs for “Coffee and Common Sense.”