Donald Trump is considering adding 2 democratic Senators to his administration, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Donald Trump is said to be considering Manchin for Energy Secretary. That would show the coal industry that Trump is serious about solving their problems. No word yet on where Trump may want Heitkamp might serve. Both are considered moderate democrats but more importantly, both come from red states and would likely be replaced by republicans.
It would be a brilliant move on Trump’s part. It would add two conservative votes in the Senate ahead of the 2018 elections, where democrats will have to defend 23 seats and republicans have 10 seats, all of which are considered safe at this time.
Heitkamp is already scheduled to meet with Trump in New York City on Friday, although she told Politico, “I don’t even know if it’s about a job.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters Thursday that Heitkamp is “very highly recommended and qualified as a proven leader and would be an asset in any capacity.”
Manchin, on the other hand, said he has no scheduled meetings with Trump but sounded open to the possibility of serving in a Trump administration.
“If I can do anything that would help my state of West Virginia and my country, I would be happy to talk to anybody,” Manchin said. “Other than that, I haven’t heard anything. I have nothing scheduled.”
Multiple sources told Politico that the Trump transition team is considering the West Virginia Democrat for energy secretary “to show the coal people how serious Trump is about coal.”
If Trump appoints either or both of the senators, it would give Republicans a leg-up in the North Dakota and West Virginia Senate races, both in special elections to fill the vacated positions and in the 2018 general elections and would give them a chance to increase their slim majority in the upper chamber.