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Sep. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Dems don't seem to have W.Va.'s interests in mind

Harry Reid announced from Nevada that he has hand-picked a candidate for West Virginia. That is preposterous to imagine, but the West Virginia Democrat Party affirmed it when the chair told the Daily Mail that U.S. Senate candidate recruitment is "done out of Washington."

Herein lies the problem: Where is our voice in Washington if candidates are selected out of Washington?

Interestingly enough, there was an announcement to the Democrat Caucus on Tuesday that the candidate Sen. Reid selected is Natalie Tennant. Again, a preposterous allegation that she would be anti-coal enough to be supported by a senator who has said "Coal makes us sick" and a president who ran his campaign on a message that if you build new coal-fired power plants, he will be sure it "bankrupts them."

But in a quick glance at Tennant's recent trip to Washington to "talk" to the EPA, her reflection on the visit is that "Given the lack of communication and outreach from the EPA, it is hardly surprising that people in West Virginia have assumed the worst about the EPA."

Of course Washington insiders would high five each other with the recruitment of what appears to be one of their own! A supporter of Obamacare (and beyond) who will stand on the fence against the EPA's War on Coal and continue to support the president even when he is destroying the economy of the communities around her.

Sounds like Sen. Reid and Obama found the perfect candidate for Washington, D.C., and Nevada, not for West Virginia.

T Anne See

Huntington

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