Manchin gives first grader a pep talk

A student fed up that first grade is all work and no play appealed to Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Collins, Manchin to serve as No Labels co-chairs MORE (D-W.Va.) for help and seemed surprised when the West Virginia Democrat picked up the phone to commiserate with his young constituent.

The lawmaker’s office posted video of Manchin giving first grader Sophie Mullins a ring last week while the youngster was at school.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Mullins sent a handwritten note to Manchin saying all she does is “work, work, work.”

“I need a break,” the girl wrote. “Can you please help?”

So Manchin, a dad of three (who also has a granddaughter named Sophie), phoned Mullins to say, “I’m giving you a break right now. That’s why I called you.”

The senator, 66, says, “I wanted you to take a little bit of time off because you work so hard.”

He also offered Mullins a pep talk, saying, “If you work hard, it's going to pay off. You're going to get smarter aren't you?"

After Sophie agreed, Manchin added, “So you just keep working hard on your studies so you get smarter so you can help us."

Mullins also scored a personal invite to visit Manchin in his Hart Senate Office Building digs, although ITK hears (perhaps due to Mullins’s tough first grade work schedule) a date hasn’t yet been set.