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W. VA Guv Names Ex-Aide As Senate Placeholder

Here's a trivia question: After John F. Kennedy's election to the White House, who replaced him in the Senate?

The answer is Benjamin A. Smith II, a former Harvard roommate of Kennedy's who was chosen as a seat warmer until younger brother Edward Kennedy turned 30, making him eligible to run for the seat.

Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin, who was West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's general counsel, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., in July 2005. BOB BIRD/AP/FILE hide caption

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And on Friday we learned that the answer to the future trivia question of who replaced Sen. Robert Byrd after his death at age 92 will be Carte Goodwin whose first name appears to be missing a letter.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin chose the 36-year old Goodwin to be a seat warmer, I mean senator, until the state legislature figures out when the state will hold a special election to replace the solon who held the record as the longest-serving senator.

Goodwin, Manchin's former general counsel and who comes from one of the state's most politically well connected families, has said he won't run in the special election.

Which is especially convenient for Manchin who looks in the mirror and sees a U.S. senator.

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