“I Sue Cline, do solemnly swear…”
And with 9th District Republican Sue Cline was sworn in as West Virginia’s newest State Senator.
“It is. It’s a very exciting day, it’s a wonderful day. I just can’t believe I’m here,” said State Sen. Sue Cline (R) Wyoming.
But despite all the pomp and ceremony, the new Senator knows there’s a lot to get done.
“Going forward, we just need to move our state forward. We need to do some things to get jobs for our people,and get everybody up and working, and get everybody going. We’re just tired of being last,” Sen. Cline said.
Cline replaces Senator Daniel Hall who was first elected as a Democrat, but resigned after switching to the Republican side. Both parties claimed the seat and it took a State Supreme Court decision Friday to give the seat to Republicans.
“Now we can get on with the business at hand. We face so much this year in the state with issues with the budget. It’s time we get to work,”State Sen. Bill Cole, (R) Senate President said.
Republicans now have enough votes to overturn a promised veto from the Governor on Right-to-Work legislation. But Democrats insist, it’s a bad bill.
“Instead, we’re wasting time chasing ghosts. Right to Work and Prevailing Wage, which will do nothing to create a job in this state, or change anything in this state, except to defund unions,” said State Sen. Mike Romano, (D) Harrison.
Right-to-Work was passed by the Senate last week; it’s awaiting action in the House.
“Despite the increasing power of Republicans here, both parties are pledging to work together on issues of common interest, such as the state’s 350 million dollar budget deficit,” said Mark Curtis 13 News.