Gov. Joe Manchin has urged residents in his state to vote for Paisley for the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Manchin recently voiced his support for Paisley, saying:

“Brad Paisley is a great performer and a fellow West Virginian, so I encourage all residents to show their support and go online to vote for Brad. West Virginians support each other, and we should support Brad in this endeavor. Your vote is important, because the audience will help determine the outcome of one of country music’s top awards this year.”

Paisley, who grew up in Glen Dale, Marshall County, is scheduled to perform at the CBS-televised event on April 5. Along with Entertainer of the Year, the performer is also up for five other awards including Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year for “Waitin’ On A Woman,” and Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “Start A Band.”

Although Manchin has endorsed Paisley for the CMA’s prestigious award, there’s still no word on who Earl Ray Tomblin, the state’s lieutenant governor, is backing. Or, for that matter, who Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller are supporting. Maybe the Guv should start working those phones.

Click here for the Charleston Daily Mail article.

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