(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Chairman, issued the following statement Tuesday, in reaction to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's announcement that he will run for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's Senate seat.
Read the DSCC statement after the jump:
“No one will ever be able to fill Robert Byrd’s shoes as his irreplaceable leadership will be missed in Congress and in West Virginia. But Joe Manchin is someone who everyday makes West Virginians proud. Since he has been governor, hundreds of companies have located or expanded in West Virginia, with billions of dollars in new business investment. Under Manchin’s leadership, West Virginia has been praised for fiscal conservatism, all while he has cut taxes for West Virginia business and families. Joe Manchin has a record of job-creation and fiscal responsibility and will continue to be a strong independent voice for West Virginia in the U.S. Senate.”