Hypocritical Jenkins May Have Violated State Senate Rules for Lobbying on Conflict of Interest Issues

Harpers Ferry, WV – Evan Jenkins should win the hypocrisy award for lobbing attacks against Patrick Morrisey’s record when he allegedly violated West Virginia Senate rules by lobbying on behalf of the West Virginia Medical Association (WVMA) as its executive director, while he served as a state legislator and voted on issues relevant to WVMA.

Jenkins served as the executive director of the West Virginia Medical Association from 1999 – 2015. At the same time, he served as a West Virginia delegate from 1994 – 2000 and as a state senator from 2002 – 2014, voting on many pieces of legislation that WVMA was lobbying on.

In 2003, Jenkins’ fellow Democratic State Senator Herb Snyder introduced a resolution to censure Jenkins for sponsoring, lobbying, and voting for bills related to medical malpractice issues while serving as WVMA’s executive director, accusing Jenkins of violating state Senate rules.

According to the Charleston Gazette: “State Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, has a resolution ready for introduction that seeks to have the Senate censure Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, for voting on issues in which he has a conflict of interest. Jenkins is the executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association. Snyder’s resolution says Jenkins has sponsored, lobbied and voted for bills related to medical malpractice and similar issues. A Senate rule requires a member to excuse himself from voting when he has an immediate and particular interest in the bills, the resolution said.” (Charleston Gazette, “Grant battle goes on,” 03/03/03)

The conflict of interest is even more troublesome considering the West Virginia Medical Association spent thousands of dollars on television ads to elect Evan Jenkins to the state Senate – while Jenkins served as executive director. (Charleston Gazette, “Medical PAC to spend thousands,” 05/07/02)

“It’s clear that Evan Jenkins will say and do anything to further his political career, even if every other word is laced with hypocritical baloney,” said Morrisey spokesperson Nachama Soloveichik. “No doubt, Jenkins is trying to cover up his 20 years as a Democratic legislator, supporting Hillary Clinton, taxpayer-funded abortion, and cap-and-trade, but he has a major credibility problem.”