Nearly every speaker at last week’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner endorsed Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to replace U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Nearly everyone except Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered the keynote speech.
Maybe it was a coincidence, as state Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio suggested to Dave.
But maybe — and this is only speculation — maybe state Democrats did not want to tie Tennant to the Obama administration, which is incredibly unpopular among West Virginia voters.
State Republicans are constantly trying to paint Democrat candidates as Obama lackeys, and while this tactic didn’t really win the GOP any state races in the 2012, it’s doubtful they’ll abandon the tactic until somebody else moves into the White House.
In other news…
- Officials with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s education component, known as SNAP-Ed, are worried Congress will cut their funding as part of budget negotiations. The program teaches better eating and exercise habits to 20,000 West Virginia children each year, along with several thousand adults.
- Two Mingo deputies were allegedly targeted for investigating drug allegations against Eugene Crum, who would later become the county sheriff.