Wednesday, December 30, 2015

W.Va. senator won't resign until replacement process clear

(AP) — Sen. Daniel Hall says he'll delay his resignation until its clear how his replacement will be picked.

The Wyoming County Republican previously announced Tuesday he would resign Jan. 3 and cover multiple states as an NRA liaison.

Two state law provisions create confusion about which party would suggest replacements to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, since Hall was elected a Democrat and would resign a Republican.

He won in 2012 as a Democrat and switched to Republican after the 2014 elections, breaking a Senate tie to give Republicans an 18-16 majority.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman said the office is reviewing the law.

Hall's seat is up for re-election in 2016. Democrat Michael Goode has opened a campaign account for the seat spanning Raleigh and Wyoming counties and part of McDowell County.