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BY: Haris Alic
Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.), was fired from her position as secretary of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts on Monday after she attempted to push back against action by the state legislature to eliminate her agency.
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Gov. Jim Justice (R., W.V.) announced that the decision to terminate Manchin came after the secretary waded into the conversation surrounding the future of her agency by claiming that efforts to eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts were politically motivated, the West Virginia MetroNews first reported.
The controversy arises as the governor contemplates whether to sign or veto H.B. 4006, legislation passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature to dissolve the state Department of Education and the Arts. The department, contrary to its name, is not responsible for overseeing the state's K-12 educational institutions but rather focuses on preserving and reinforcing the state's cultural heritage. The department is also responsible for administering West Virginia's public libraries and public broadcasting, amongst other programs.
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According to a statement released by the governor's office, Manchin approached Justice's chief of staff on Monday to inquire how she should respond to the legislation. The secretary was told to do nothing since the governor had not made a final decision on the fate of her department.
Manchin, a former First Lady of West Virginia, proceeded to ignore the directive by issuing a press release denouncing the alleged political motives behind the legislature's decision to defund her agency.
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"In an obvious rush to score partisan points, the Republican state legislature passed dangerous and destructive legislation to eliminate the Office of Education and the Arts on a mostly party-line vote," Manchin said.
The secretary also attempted to exert pressure on the governor by calling on him to either veto the bill outright or work with...
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