Harpers Ferry, WV – Can former Democrat Evan Jenkins credibly take on Senator Joe Manchin in the general election when he was Sen. Joe Manchin’s enthusiastic supporter and spokesman?
Evan Jenkins donated thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates over the years, including $2,000 to gubernatorial candidate Joe Manchin in the 2008 election cycle (FollowTheMoney.org, 2007, 2008). That wasn’t enough for Jenkins. Jenkins also hosted a 2007 fundraiser for Manchin in his home, that raised thousands of dollars for Manchin (AP, 04/07/08).
Jenkins also served as a spokesperson on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Joe Manchin at a NAACP candidate forum in 2004. According to The Herald Dispatch (10/27/04):
“Incumbent legislative candidates present included delegates Kevin Craig, Margarette Leach and James Morgan and senators Bob Plymale and Evan Jenkins, all Democrats. Jenkins was there to represent democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Manchin. Republican challengers who attended were Paula Stewart, Carol Miller and Matt Sabin.”
“Evan Jenkin’s full-throated embrace of Joe Manchin guarantees that Evan Jenkins will lose the Senate race to Sen. Manchin,” Morrisey spokeswomen Nachama Soloveichik said. “How can Jenkins credibly criticize Manchin’s Senate record when he was representing Manchin and raising money for him only a few years ago? Manchin will portray Evan Jenkins as a dishonest flip-flopper who cares more about political wins than West Virginia – and he will be right.”