CHARLESTON, WV — Today, the West Virginia Coal Association endorsed Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate. The West Virginia Coal Association was a staunch supporter of President Trump in 2016. The Association had previously endorsed Joe Manchin in his 2010 and 2012 runs for Senate, but now are supporting Attorney General Morrisey.
“I’m truly honored to earn the endorsement of West Virginia’s top defender of our state’s coal miners and coal companies,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “I’m proud to work alongside the leadership of the West Virginia Coal Association to stand up for West Virginia coal jobs and communities across our great state.”
Morrisey continued: “While we had victories over Obama’s EPA at the U.S. Supreme Court in order to protect West Virginia coal, Sen. Manchin was supporting Hillary Clinton even after she said, ‘we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.'”
West Virginia Coal Association president Bill Raney said today: “Since he took office, General Morrisey has been a tireless advocate for West Virginia’s coal industry. He fought for us against the Obama Administration, which was using every tool available to try and end coal mining in the United States. We know Patrick Morrisey will continue to fight for West Virginia coal as a member of the U.S. Senate, working in tandem with President Donald Trump.”
In 2016, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey defeated Obama’s coal-job killing “Clean Power Plan.” The Martinsburg Journal wrote then that “no state official in the country has been more active and successful in fighting back against President Barack Obama’s war against coal.”
Meanwhile, Joe Manchin has been no friend to coal, as he sided with Hillary Clinton in 2016 even after she said, “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.'”
The West Virginia Coal Association represents more than 90 percent of the state’s coal mine production, and they’ve been one of the nation’s leaders in protecting the coal industry, and coal miners and their families. In 2016, the West Virginia Coal Association endorsed Donald Trump for President.