CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The anticipated November General Election match-up between West Virginia Third District Congressman Nick Rahall and Cabell County state Senator Evan Jenkins took a significant step Thursday with new political ads from both camps.

Rahall’s 30-second TV spot is a testimonial from United Mine Workers Union President Cecil Roberts.

“It makes me mad when billionaires are spending millions of dollars telling lies about Nick Rahall. Nick is our friend,” Roberts said. The union boss went on to tout Rahall’s voting working on coal-related issues.

Jenkins’ ad comes out swinging at the 19-term congressman.

“Nick Rahall’s attacks on Evan Jenkins—non-partisan fact checkers say they are bogus, out and out lies.”

The ad calls Jenkins “a better choice” saying he can defend West Virginia’s way of life from Obama’s war on coal.

The Jenkins ad calls Rahall “a lying politician just like Obama.”

The UMWA’s Roberts said big-money special interests want to pick their own congressman.

“Don’t let them do it. Stick with Nick,” Roberts said.

Rahall faces Logan County resident Richard Ojeda in the May Primary. Many political observers have placed the anticipated Rahall-Jenkins match-up one of the top congressional races in the country.


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  • Aaron

    "It says something about Rahall that he is being backed by Roberts."

    Has a truer statement been made given that Roberts, who makes $175,000 annually is as out of touch with West Virginia workers and voters as 38 year Washingtonian Nick Rahall is.

  • Independent View

    Gary Karstens:
    In your Monday posting you were railing against MetroNews, ranting that it is not fair and balanced reporting and if you want fair and balanced reporting you would read the Gazette.
    So, the question is why are you still reading MetroNews and posting here?
    You sir, are a drop of water in an ocean of sameness!

  • David

    Roberts doesn't have a problem with big money as long as it supports his agenda.

    Truth is Roberts is as big a liar as Rahall and has always been so.

    The democratic mission statement is to rid the US and world of coal use.

  • wvman75

    That'd be a pretty safe bet. Ask the boys from Detroit.

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  • DP

    The bookman-your post at 5:53 p.m. is spot on (as are almost all of your comments). Sadly, those you're attempting to explain your rationale to are EXTREMELY uninformed and obviously are the epitome of Yellow Dog Dems!!!

  • Gary Karstens

    Thank the stars for Cecil Roberts...a real American legend and superstar of the common man!!! It says something about Rahall that he is being backed by Roberts.

    Mean old coal operators!

  • Independent View

    Cecil says: "The UMWA’s Roberts said big-money special interests want to pick their own congressman."
    I have some trouble processing that statement. Isn't he chastising Jenkins supporters for doing exactly what the UMW has been doing for decades alongside the UAW, Teamsters, etc.?
    The icing on the cake is Cecil and his store-bought wig. At the salary, bonuses and benefits taken from the backs of hard working coal miners it should be enough to buy a custom fitted wig that fits properly.
    That "thing" on his head would not look anymore ridiculous if it had a chin strap!
    I have learned over the years to mistrust men that wear wigs--it speaks volumes about their vanity and insecurity.

  • ViennaGuy

    Sounds like Cecil Roberts didn't learn his lesson when he backed Obama ...

  • Chuck D

    Rahall is an idiot and needs to go. The problem with this state is we have been complacent and voting for the same people for years. Rahall is an Obama man and for WV that is not good. Why do people keep putting this man in office? He could care less about WV.

  • Big Deal

    With Jenkins in there, we are one step closer to a "right to work" state...which actually has a nice ring to it! Until coal miners wages get cut back to near minimum wage (considering there still is one). Don't worry though, the billionaire brothers will "trickle down" more money than you can hide. They trickled down so much money last year alone and still was able to increase their net worth 12 BILLION dollars, even with the Socialist, Anti-business Obama at the helm. Stick with Nick...the lesser of two evils!

    • Mountain Navy

      VA is a right work state the unemployment there is far lower the wages higher. The coal miners get paid more in VA than in WV. Plus if you do not want to be a member of the union you don't have to be and you don't have to pay union dues that goes to fat cat politicians.

    • The bookman

      Learn how the process works. Right to work is a state issue, not federal. This is a US House race. Take some night classes!

      • Hop'sHip

        Bookie, now that you have the coveted DP endorsement, you are starting to sound a little like him, you just need to be a little more emphatic when issuing your put-downs. It should be TAKE SOME NIGHT CLASSES!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Big Deal

        Bookman, you really just can't stand me, can you? You're a true republican...sitting around all day just waiting for a democrat to do something so you have something to get upset about.

        • The bookman

          No sir! If that were the case, I'd respond to every post by Gary Karstens. Your posts are usually predictable, but thoughtful. This one was more of the lazy variety. I'm not a Republican as much as a conservative. The Republicans are more of a means to an end.

          • The bookman

            Big Deal

            I'm not a third party fan. Creates the need to cobble together coalitions and just simply results in lots of back room deals that promise authority and power for votes. I think consensus can be gained easily in our current system if both parties could simply focus on the enumerated responsibilities of government. When they venture off of their mandate to attempt to control every aspect of our daily lives, whether it's to save us from ourselves(democrats), or force compliance on social issues(republicans), that they become completely ineffective.

            I do apologize for the night class comment earlier. It was lazy on MY part. Should keep a notepad to write down those kinds of comments, not type them into a post.

          • Big Deal

            Bookman, that's the funny thing about politics, it's all a means to an end. I'm a conservative Democrat. We probably have a very similar vision of what society should be. We just have different ways of getting there.
            It's a shame there are only 2 political parties in this country. Our forefathers decided there should be an executive, legislative, and judicial branch of government (aka checks and balances). Wouldn't a third political party do wonders for the gridlock that is Washington DC?

  • wvman75

    Cecil Roberts is an Obama buddy, too. That's quite the testimonial, there. Roberts is as bad about selling out the miners as Rahall is.

  • thornton

    Cecil seems so much less without his Beany....Beany being Blankenship.

    I say give Cecil, and his hat, a break....if Rahall allows Cecil to feel relevant again and the hackneyed "big money interests" line is all he can muster then so be it...and, it's a nice break for him from a photo op at a picket line...even with fewer and fewer cameras flashing brightly.

    When in trouble, one often falls back on all they know...with Cecil, Nicky Jo is darn near recumbent.
    Not to say he'll guarantees in politics.

  • Brandon

    Cecil Roberts also endorsed Obama! And Rahall votes however Obama tells him to vote.

  • Pickle Barrel

    And Cecil Roberts and Rich Trumka helped put Obama in the White House in 2008.

    • Fact Checker

      When Obama took office, the Dow was at 8800; it now stands above 16,000. When Obama took office, we had 15 straight quarters of job losses under Bush; EVERY quarter since Obama took office has showed job gains. Yea, I'm crying all the way to the bank that Nick Rahall is an Obama man. We need more like him.

      • The bookman

        April Fools Day was weeks ago. Anyone can double the Dow by infusing trillions if dollars into the system through easing Fed policy. A discussion of a minimal reduction in bond purchasing causes the markets to move to correction. The rest of your comments regarding job losses and creation is just false. You may want to change your moniker to Confabulator.

        • Hillbilly

          And if you start the right rumor... like how the Saudis are getting anxious about American presence there... you can drop the DOW by 250 points overnight ..

  • The bookman

    Roberts is pro union, not pro coal. He fleeces the coal miner while supporting the politicians that have coal in their sights. Jenkins isn't the perfect candidate, but he is next to Rahall!

    • Cooter

      That's a spot-on comment, bookman. I was sitting here trying to figure out why Cecil "Bad Hairpiece" Roberts would support someone who has voted (carbon tax) to torpedo the industry he supports, and I realized it when you said it. Roberts doesn't support the industry, he supports the union. I wouldn't be surprised if ol' Nicky Joe has told Cecil "Don't worry, you know we'll take care of the union no matter what happens to coal"

      • Justathought

        I'm still waiting for someone to give me the stats on how many jobs unions have created? The only ones that come to mind are the ones in which the likes of Roberts, Trumpka and other occupy in the union leadership.

        • THP

          Unions don't create jobs. They improve and protect them.

    • Tom

      And coal operators fleece the coal miners by developing new machines to replace them.

      • Hillbilly

        So Tom are you ready to go back to pick and shovel days??

      • Aaron

        That is called mechanization and happens in every industry. Or would you prefer to return to picks, shovels, mules and the day of being paid by the ton mined?

      • Cooter

        No, Tom, coal operators wisely look for more efficient ways to mine the coal. A business operator would be a fool to not explore more efficiency. A coal mine is not a jobs program for union workers, it's a business meant to maximize profit for the owner of the business. That is the way business works, all businesses.

        • RHytonen

          Which is exactly why government has to STOP supporting business and start regulating them before it's too late..

        • Tom

          And that is the chief reason why employment in the coal industry has dropped over the years...not because of President Obama.