Once the national party decides, Puccio said, the state party promotes that person in West Virginia.
Justice Davis is an experienced, articulate person. If she wants to do so, she will elaborate on what she meant.
But certainly, the process Puccio describes produces candidates who will represent the interests of the national party, not the interests of West Virginians.
If the state Democratic Party is simply a servant of the national party, why should West Virginians vote for its nominees?
Is it not supposed to be a representative democracy?
The state's other Democratic U.S. senator, Joe Manchin, doesn't always follow the national party line. Last week he was the lone Democrat to vote against confirming President Barack Obama's nominee, Gina McCarthy, to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Manchin and Justice Davis may understand the mood of West Virginia voters better than others.
The state used to be dependably Democratic.
Now it is not.
Could it be because voters sense that the national party is not interested in representing West Virginians' interests, as chairman Puccio so helpfully explained?