CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Liberal” is the first word West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas uses to describe Secretary of State Natalie Tennant who is now a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014.

“She’s been an ardent supporter of (President) Barack Obama since he came on the scene.  She supports Obamacare.  She’s been apologetic on behalf of the EPA recently,” said Lucas on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Lucas said West Virginia Democratic leaders were “scraping the bottom of the barrel dangerously thin” before the decision from Tennant to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2014 Primary Election.  She officially announced her U.S. Senate campaign during stops Tuesday in Beckley, Charleston and Morgantown and will be in Wheeling and Martinsburg on Wednesday.

Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, announced her U.S. Senate candidacy last year.  Lucas said, to his eyes, Capito is the stronger candidate.

“Our presumptive nominee in Shelley Moore Capito is obviously very likeable, but she also wins this race on the merits and on the policies and the simple fact that she fights for West Virginia,” he said.

Though Lucas said Tennant is likeable as well, “This is a U.S. Senate race.  We will offer a candidate who is also very likeable, but who’s also brilliant and also a defender of West Virginia coal, West Virginia jobs and our values.”

Chris Hansen, campaign manager for Capito for West Virginia, was highly critical of Tennant in a statement he released following Tennant’s announcements.

“As the Chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party confirmed, Harry Reid and the liberal D.C. Democrats handpicked Natalie Tennant to be their nominee,” said Hansen.

“It is no wonder they picked West Virginia’s biggest supporter of Obamacare, the War on Coal and President Obama’s entire extreme agenda.”

During her Tuesday announcements, Tennant said she does not agree with the Obama Administration’s policies on coal and pledged to push for a new partnership between the coal industry and the government while promoting coal exports through trade policies.

The 2014 Primary Election in West Virginia will be held on Tuesday, May 13.

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  • JohnR

    Conrad Lucas is as honest as Oliver North. If Shelley Capito and the gang want to run against President Obama, well, they missed the deadline. Please be advised that Natalie Tennant is not Barack Obama.
    Tennant scares the daylights out of the Rethugs. And their loony rhetoric over the last few days proves it.
    Shelley Moore Capito voted against the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act. In my book that is an automatic OUT!
    GO NATALIE!!!!!!!!!

  • Conchop

    Judging by the horrible results of this dreadful 30+ year "conservative revolution", it is hard to take seriously, anything the GOP says. The "numbers" have stacked up to prove they cannot be trusted at the "control panel" and their crusty, moldy ideology has failed the USA.

    If anything, the neocon echo chamber would be downright funny if their results weren't so sad.

  • billyed

    Natalie will do a Great Job representing West Virginians.
    Tired of the Republicans manufactured crisis.

    • Ragweed

      Liberal democrats manufactured their own crises from day one of the Obama era. Note the plural. To them there are no crises. Just do what they want and all will be well. We can all see what has happened when they got their way.

      • billyed

        Your vision is clouded, must be smoking that ragweed or watching Fox News.
        Republican Filibusters, Obstructions, Phony scandals, No Policy, just say NO.
        Natalie will be able to legislate.
        Shelly just wants to push the Destruction button.

  • David Kennedy

    We have had Senator Rocky since 1982.
    Remember the Hot Dogs and those 50,000 jobs that never came to pass until Bush was elected.
    I can't believe that West Virginia will buy the Liberal-Welfare Line this time around.
    West Virginia needs new JOBS to replace the Coal Mines that are shutting down.
    What works is having the right Education and doing something about the 90% drug use that prevents our college graduates from getting a job.
    With Ms. Tennant in the Demo's Seat..
    Capito is the winner...a sure thing...

    • 2XLPatriot

      "I can't believe that West Virginia will buy the Liberal-Welfare Line this time around."

      Unfortunately, many West Virginians still vote like their parents and Grandparents. The old "Vote for the ones who support the unions" line. Funny though, how the unions backed Oblahblah and his socialist agenda based soley on the premise that he's a Democrat and pushed for health care reform. Now, the unions are struggling to get out of the debacle they supported and endorsed while screwing the rest of us common sense folks.
      I just wonder if Natalie will wear her buckskin Mountaineer outfit on the first day in the U.S. Senate because you know she'll get the backing of everyone who voted for Obama and Biden.

  • Joe Cool

    Looks like this is gonna turn into an Obama vs Arch Moore election.

  • tw eagle

    anyone who supports islami oobbamii is a liberal . . .oobbamii care is another social welfare program that needs to be deep sixed , along with the person it's named
    after . . .

  • Jt

    Shocked, absolutely shocked that a republican would call Tennant a liberal! Lol

    • JohnR

      They have nothing else to run on but name calling. Pretty sad. GO NATALIE!

    • Jane