With just fortnight to go until Election Day, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is urging voters to keep acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the Governor’s Office.
In a robocall paid for by the Tomblin campaign, the extremely popular former governor, says, in part:
Let me tell you the truth about my friend, Earl Ray Tomblin. Earl Ray worked very closely with me to put West Virginia’s financial house in order, and he’s continued to cut taxes and make the state better for business growth. Earl Ray is fighting for our coal mining jobs and he is continuing to sue to the EPA to protect West Virginia. Earl Ray is endorsed by the Coal Association, United Mine Workers, Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO because, like me, he stands up for West Virginia jobs.
Manchin has repeatedly expressed confidence in Tomblin and helped him raise money. Last week, Manchin talked to The Associated Press to defend Tomblin against attacks from Republican Bill Maloney:
A mailing in the governor’s race from Republican Bill Maloney says Manchin has stood up for West Virginia, but Tomblin hasn’t. The attack refers to Obama administration policies on coal and health care.
Manchin said Friday that Tomblin has fought as hard for West Virginia as he has. Manchin has endorsed his fellow Democrat, and says he’s voting for Tomblin in the Oct. 4 special election.
Manchin also disagrees with a Maloney TV ad that blames Tomblin for problems with a state weatherization program. Manchin says the problems occurred under his watch, not Tomblin’s, and that he sought to correct them immediately.
Manchin added that he has nothing against Maloney