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Oct. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Don't write off McGeehan just yet

It is an old truth in politics that when your opponent begins to threaten you, you must be doing something right. With the West Virginia Senatorial primary field beginning to take shape, conventional wisdom would dictate that Shelley Moore Capito would have easy sailing from here to May; however, as time goes on, her opponent, Pat McGeehan, seems to be gaining ground.

Pollsters and pundits alike across the Mountain State dispute this claim, however it would seem that Capito supporters are quite worried and rightfully so. As a Republican candidate for West Virginia s 16th House of Delegates, I have heard from many people that supporting Pat McGeehan is a suicide mission that will end in failure. To that I must ask: Is standing on principle ever a bad thing?

When we look at an election, the most indicative part of any campaign is the opposing camp's rhetoric. While Pat McGeehan has remained optimistic, Capito's allies have been focused on labeling McGeehan as a radical who stands no chance in a general election while avoiding substance as much as possible. Capito may be a favorite to win, but it would be a great fault to write off Pat McGeehan just yet. In 2010, the establishment wrote off Rand Paul to their peril.

Now we have a chance here in West Virginia to send a message to Washington, D.C., a message that we in the Mountain State won't settle for a candidate who has constantly voted with the establishment in Washington to grow government and infringe on our rights.

We the People can and will speak, and that's why I am supporting Pat McGeehan for the United States Senate.

David Bender

Huntington

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