Coal Association endorses Manchin in Senate race
September 30, 2010 ·
A major industry group has endorsed the Democratic candidate for West Virginia’s special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
The West Virginia Coal Association represents 90 percent of the state’s coal producers.
Citing his record as Governor and his
ability to work across party lines, the industry group endorsed Democrat Joe
Manchin, saying he will be the “independent voice” West Virginia needs in the
Coal association chairman Gary White says
the group is backing Manchin largely for his opposition to the President and
the EPA on issues affecting the coal industry.
“Just the fact that he’s a
Democrat doesn’t mean that he’s going to be with the Democratic administration
or the Democratic leadership in the Senate and the Congress on every
Despite claims from Republican
opponent John Raese, Manchin has reiterated his opposition to federal cap and trade legislation to regulate greenhouse gases.
In addition to the West
Virginia Coal Association, Manchin has been endorsed by the state and U.S.
Chambers of Commerce and the National Rifle Association.