Stacy said he's not convinced that Manchin wouldn't bow to pressure from the Democratic leadership once in Washington. Still, he called the governor "one heck of a good guy" and admitted he "won't be disappointed next Wednesday morning" no matter what happens.
Stacy came to a meet-and-greet Friday to chat with Republican businessman John Raese in the hope that he'd finally be able to make a decision on whom to cast his ballot for. But after lunch with Raese and Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate GOP senator: EPA 'brainwashing our kids' A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Okla.), who's making a campaign swing through southern West Virginia with Raese, Stacy said he's still undecided.
On Thursday, another Republican stood among the Manchin faithful in a candy and snack shop in downtown Princeton. Todd Colonna, the Republican mayor of the nearby town of Matoaka, described himself as a Manchin fan and mingled easily with the roomful of Democrats and other local elected officials.
"Manchin's a good guy," Colonna said. "I'm just not voting for him."
The Republican said in a different year, maybe he could cast a vote for Manchin, but in 2010 Congress needs a leadership change.
"I'd like to see Manchin finish his term as governor and then run after that," said Colonna, who added, "I'm not exactly a fan of Obama."