Thursday's second Republican Party press release specifically attacked Manchin for showing up to vote on that later amendment Wednesday afternoon.
West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Lucas said, "It's never a big surprise to see Sen. Manchin playing both sides of an issue."
But Lucas apparently never determined exactly where Manchin was when he missed the earlier vote Wednesday afternoon.
Late Thursday afternoon, Manchin's office told the Gazette that "the senator attended his cousin's funeral on Wednesday morning and immediately drove back to D.C. for votes following the funeral."
The funeral was in Marion County.
When the vote that Lucas criticized Manchin for avoiding was taken, Manchin was still driving back to Washington, D.C.
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