My good friend and radio personality John Case received an e-mail from Senator Joe Manchin (D – WV) which, to all appearances, supports many of the subjects which we on the left do as well. John points out that this is a ruse… and, of course, with an election coming in November, Joe is trying to make himself look OK to Democrats.
Here’s the correspondence:
On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM, Joe Manchin <email@example.com> wrote:
West Virginia is still recovering from the storms that did so much damage these past few weeks. The power is back on, but families lost their groceries, saw their fuel expenditures rise, and many, many people lost pay because businesses weren’t operating. What more evidence do we need that American infrastructure needs improvement?
But in the middle of our suffering in West Virginia, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had awarded a $94 million contract to provide reliable electricity for Helmand Province, Afghanistan. That’s right – while thousands of West Virginians were without power just a short drive away, the federal government decided it would be a good idea to spend all that money halfway around the world to buy electricity for a country that doesn’t even want our help.
I went to the Senate floor and I let my colleagues know that I am very frustrated and angry about this, and that I’m not going to just sit by and watch Washington treat West Virginia like it’s less important than Afghanistan. Now that West Virginia is officially asking for federal disaster recovery help, I’d like the folks in Washington to hear what you have to say, too.
Add your name to my petition and leave your thoughts for the record on my website.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you build a bridge in West Virginia, we won’t blow it up. If you build a school, we won’t burn it down. In fact, we’ll be very appreciative. And if you help us invest in a more reliable electric system, we will use that power to make this country stronger, to power this nation’s economy, and to provide good-paying jobs.
I am sorry, Senator Manchin, but — while I am glad you are opposed to further unnecessary expenditures in Afghanistan — I will not support you for re-election. I believe that candidates who espouse, as you do, Republican talking points on energy, the president, climate change, and other matters should be defeated. I will not vote Republican — so I am not planing to vote for you.
I think voters who are tempted by racism or ignorance, or simple misinformation about the future of coal and the its costs/benefits to West Virginia, to vote for you — should really get to enjoy the full consequences of Republican policies you are pursuing — why get it half-baked and stale from you, or Gov. Tomblin for that matter. Get the full dose of political poison!
By the way — I have a radio program on weekday mornings in Shepherdstown. Maybe I have it all wrong! Feel free to call in to WSHC Listen Live line from 8-9 AM Tues thru Friday, 304-876-5369, if you would like to discuss this.
very truly yours,
Host, The Winners and Losers Radio Program
WSHC, 89.7 FM / 897wshc.org
Of course, the odds of Joe Manchin calling into the Winners and Losers radio show are greatly weighted to “no show.” John is correct that this so-called Democrat really seems to be a Republican (as does Earl Ray Tomblin) – from not supporting the President in the Senate to publicly affirming that he will NOT attend the Democratic Convention.
Thanks for making this correspondence public, John.
- I’m really tired of hearing how Obama is costing WV coal jobs. Not True! (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Jay, Manchin ask Obama to OK state disaster request (wvgazette.com)
- Why Joe Manchin Flees From Barack Obama (powerlineblog.com)
- Manchin to skip Democratic National Convention (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Top West Virginia Democrats RSVP ‘No’ to DNC Convention (nymag.com)
- W.Va. Dem brass skipping DNC (politico.com)
- Some Democrats to skip their convention (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Manchin Questions Afghan Aid After Mass Power Outage at Home (wsaz.com)
- Manchin links state storm outages to Afghan aid (wvgazette.com)
West Virginia Coal Mine Jobs Rise Under Obama
Despite the lies told by Sen. Joe Manchin (Joe Manchin) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (Joe Manchin) and the Friends of Coal Barons Who Kill Miners, President Barack Obama’s EPA has not spelled doom to coal jobs. In fact, the opposite is true:
While the Obama administration and the EPA may be taking a harder look at mountain top removal mining permits, a quick look at coal mining employment in West Virginia reveals that since Obama took office in the winter of 2009 coal mining employment has grown by over 1,500 jobs or by 7.4%. If we measure from the end of the national recession in June 2009 (or the 2nd Quarter of 2009) to the third-quarter of 2011 (the latest available data), employment in the coal mining industry has grown by 3,100. For comparison, total employment in West Virginia has only grown by 2.9% over this period.
People have to really hate Obama to push the lies that come out of the coal industry, out of Manchin’s office and out of the Romney Campaign. It’s possible that the West Virginia politicos (even those claiming to be “Democrats”) have other goals in mind for this pathetically poor state.
- May 22 News: Coal Country Jobs At Two-Decade High, But Industry Campaigns Against ‘Job Killing’ Regulations (thinkprogress.org)
- The real war on coal (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- W.Va. coal-mining jobs on rise under Obama (blogs.wvgazette.com)
- Coal politics: What W.Va. doesn’t want to talk about (blogs.wvgazette.com)
- Second West Virginia Dem unsure about Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
Republican results (unofficial)
|Mark A. Sorsaia||2,950||4.82%|
|Larry V. Faircloth||2,369||3.87%|
|Mitch B. Carmichael||2,045||3.34%|
|Ralph William Clark||1,230||2.01%|
Democratic results (unofficial)
|Earl Ray Tomblin||51,191||40.37%|
|Natalie E. Tennant||21,954||17.31%|
|John D. Perdue||15,904||12.54%|
|Jeffrey V. Kessler||6,715||5.30%|
- Maloney to Face Tomblin for West Virginia Governor (politicalwire.com)
- WV-Gov: Dems Win All Permutations, Tomblin Leads Primary (dailykos.com)
- Maloney Catches Ireland in West Virginia (politicalwire.com)
- Democrat Leads Field in W.Va. Governor’s Race (online.wsj.com)
- 6 Dems, 8 Republicans in W.Va. special primary (sfgate.com)
… and here they are, with the ways you can get in touch with the candidates:
Arne Moltis, Kanawha 304-395-0214 firstname.lastname@example.org
John D. Perdue, Kanawha 304-414-0880 John@johnperdue.com
Natalie E. Tennant, Kanawha 304-993-0874 email@example.com
Rick Thompson, Wayne 304-551-7425 Info@RickThompsonWV.com
Earl Ray Tomblin, Logan firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark Barnes, Randolph 304-472-5608 email@example.com
Cliff Ellis, Monongalia 304-680-5332 firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry V. Faircloth, Berkeley 304-267-3949 email@example.com
Betty Ireland, Kanawha 304-343-5033 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark A. Sorsaia, Putnam 304-546-3477 email@example.com
Thanks to West Virginia Blue for the list.
- Monday’s campaign round-up (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Four Mysteries That Will Shape the Fate of Centrist Democratic Senators in 2012 (politicsdaily.com)
- W. Va. Court Orders Special Governor Election (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Palin to Manchin: Stay in W.Va. (politico.com)