Rockefeller has been mum on his thoughts about the future of his seat. Wednesday, he declined comment through a spokesman.
Derek Scarbro is campaign manager for Democrat Nick Casey's current bid for Congress. Until March he served as executive director of the state party. He also didn't hear Davis' comments, but said it was a different situation when he worked for the party.
"When I worked at the party ... we didn't have to recruit a Senate candidate, so I can't really speak from experience on that," Scarboro said.
Casey is a former chairman of the state Democratic Party.
His name came up in 2012 when a small group of Democrats expressed concerns about Puccio's leadership, according to Daily Mail records.
During a state party meeting last year in Charleston, several executive party members nominated Casey to resume his post and take over for Puccio. Executive Committee member Reva Mickey questioned whether Puccio's interests extended beyond helping Sen. Joe Manchin.
"Truthfully, I think that's where your interests really are, is being a campaign manager for one of our candidates," Mickey said, according to Daily Mail records.
Mickey did not mention Manchin's name; Puccio is the former chief of staff for Manchin when he was governor and is considered a long-time Manchin adviser.
Puccio has repeatedly said he supports all Democratic candidates, and did so again Wednesday. He pointed to recent election results as proof the party and its leadership are still strong.
"Everyone has an opinion, but please keep in mind that in the last election the Democrats won 67 percent of all offices," Puccio said.
"At a time when you have an extremely unpopular Democrat president in the state and you continue to win 67 percent of all the races, I think that we are doing well ..."
He said he works frequently with many elected Democrats, and he is committed to helping the entire Democratic Party in the upcoming election.
Puccio questioned whether Davis is as well, calling her out for not participating in statewide get-out-the-vote efforts.
Every election cycle, Puccio said the party goes to statewide candidates in hopes they will help raise or donate money to support phone banks and other efforts. He said Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Rep. Nick Rahall and Tish Chafin, who lost in her recent bid for state Supreme Court to Davis, helped in the effort.
Davis "refused" to help, Puccio said.
"It's easy to complain when you don't participate," Puccio said.
Davis never specifically mentioned Puccio in her comments.
She said she never really seriously considered running for Senate and enjoys her current job too much too consider leaving. She said she spoke to national party members about the idea for running, but it was never a legitimate possibility.
Davis is the latest in a stream of potential Democratic candidates to show no interest in the Senate seat: former Sen. Carte Goodwin, former Gov. Gaston Caperton, Rahall and Charleston attorney Nick Preservati have all said they won't run.
State and national Republicans are very excited about the chances of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who recently announced she has $2.87 million cash in hand for her campaign, and highly-touted political forecaster Nate Silver said the GOP had a 95 percent chance of picking up the senate seat.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is one of the few remaining Democrats who's publicly expressed interest in running for Senate and not bowed out. A spokesman said Wednesday she hasn't decided just yet whether to make it official.
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