But state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio says there's no denying that it was Gov. Manchin who started the ball rolling in 2006 with the proposed phase-down of the tax, and Gov. Tomblin who finished the job.
Actually, both sides are correct.
Republicans have been pushing for the elimination of the food tax a lot longer than the Democrats. However, the fact that Democrats have controlled both chambers of the Legislature meant nothing was going to move until Democrats got behind it.
In politics, these things matter.
Republicans now have 46 of the 100 seats in the House of Delegates and are shooting for a majority in 2014. The GOP also holds two of the three congressional seats and has the inside track on a U.S. Senate seat.
Democrats are feeling the pressure and are trying to reassert themselves as West Virginia's dominant party. They realize the days of winning by default are over.
The average West Virginian who goes to the grocery store and notices he or she no longer have to pay the food tax are probably just happy that it's gone and not much worried about who gets the proper amount of credit.
But in a state that has a limited amount of good news, politicians are particularly sensitive about these kinds of style points.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.