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West Virginia interaction: JohnCase responds to Senator Manchin…

 

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 <info@joemanchinwv.com> wrote:
Dear John:

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?
 
English: Joe Manchin (D-WV), United States SenatorBut 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.

-Joe

 

John’s response:

 

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,

John Case

Host, The Winners and  Losers Radio Program
WSHC, 89.7 FM / 897wshc.org
Shepherdstown, WV

 

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!

This is for you folks out there who are buying the Tea Party Joe Manchin lies. From West Virginia Blue, a blog I have great respect for:

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.

We’ll see.

Unofficial primary results – West Virginia Gubernatorial Races

Republican results (unofficial)

Bill Maloney


Bill Maloney 27,563 45.06%
Betty Ireland 18,891 30.88%
Clark Barnes 5,850 9.56%
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%
Cliff Ellis 277 .0.45%

Democratic results (unofficial)

Earl Ray Tomlin


Earl Ray Tomblin 51,191 40.37%
 Rick Thompson 30,572 24.11%
 Natalie E. Tennant 21,954 17.31%
 John D. Perdue 15,904 12.54%
 Jeffrey V. Kessler  6,715 5.30%
 Arne Moltis  481 0.38%

Mountain Party

The mountain Party has no primary. Candidate is nominated in convention.


Filings are now in for West Virginia Gubernatorial Campaigns…

… and here they are, with the ways you can get in touch with the candidates:

Democratic Party:
Arne Moltis,  Kanawha   304-395-0214   arne@suddenlink.net
John D. Perdue,  Kanawha   304-414-0880    John@johnperdue.com
Natalie E. Tennant,   Kanawha    304-993-0874    info@natalietennant.com
Rick Thompson,   Wayne   304-551-7425    Info@RickThompsonWV.com
Earl Ray Tomblin,   Logan    info@earlraytomblin.com

Republican Party:
Clark Barnes,   Randolph   304-472-5608    cbarnes1950@yahoo.com
Cliff Ellis,   Monongalia 304-680-5332   gellis104@comcast.net
Larry V. Faircloth,   Berkeley 304-267-3949   faircloth4governor@frontier.com
Betty Ireland,   Kanawha   304-343-5033   votebettyireland@gmail.com
Mark A. Sorsaia,   Putnam   304-546-3477   mark@sorsaiaforgovernor.com


Thanks to West Virginia Blue for the list.