OUR new acting governor, state Sen. Earl Ray Tomblin, has been described as an introvert.
That description is a little hard to buy.
He's a politician, after all. He has put himself in the public spotlight by running for office, not just once but several times.
He has gotten along well enough with his fellow state senators that they have elected him their leader eight different times.
When the Senate has been in session, often with galleries full of spectators, Tomblin has stood at the podium and run the show.
If this is an introvert, how does he tolerate such pain?
Watching his beloved "Jeopardy" for a half hour a day? Riding his ATV in the woods on weekends? Spending a Saturday afternoon weeding the flowerbed?
Real introverts engage in such activities, but they don't wake up on Monday morning and head back into the public fray.
Tomblin also is on Facebook. And he Tweets.
Well, nearly everyone does that these days, but he has more than 5,000 "friends." He seems to respond when they make comments, although a staff member may be doing that for him.
He has been thanking people for their compliments on his speech after taking office Tuesday. He also thanks them for attending the event. He comes across as warm and gracious.
Still, real-world colleagues say Tomblin is private and not one for speechifying. He has been described as an "enigma" who most West Virginians know nothing about.
That may be due more to the public's lack of interest in lawmakers than to shyness on his part.
Whatever the cause of Tomblin's low profile, it is about to change in a big way.
He has moved from the crowded legislative aquarium to the gubernatorial fishbowl.
I think he'll do just fine with all the attention.
Daily Mail editors interviewed former Gov. Joe Manchin shortly before he left for Washington to take his seat in the U.S. Senate.
We asked Manchin, an extrovert if there ever was one, how he thought Tomblin would do with public speaking.
Manchin thought this was a non-issue.