CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, shuts off the power to the White House in the first television ad from a U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia ahead of the November General Election.

“Where do they think their electricity comes from?” Tennant asks in the ad, called “Message.”

It was released Monday and can be seen here. In that ad, Tennant promises to protect coal jobs, along with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and send a message to President Barack Obama about the importance of coal.

The Tennant campaign will spend more than $200,000 to run the ad during the next two weeks in more than 75 percent of West Virginia.

“I think it’s a very powerful ad that states exactly how she feels and how she’ll stand beside (U.S. Senator) Joe Manchin in Washington and fight for West Virginia coal jobs and the people of the state of West Virginia,” said Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, retired state Adjutant General and campaign chair for the Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate campaign.

“I’m proud to stand beside her,” Tackett said on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

But Amy Graham, spokesperson for Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito’s U.S. Senate campaign, said the ad was “hypocrisy” from Tennant. “Natalie Tennant helped send Obama to the White House in the first place,” Graham said.

“She nominated him for President in 2008, despite his promise to bankrupt coal. She supported him again in 2012 and she even went as far as to defend his war on coal, saying she didn’t see his anti-coal policies as getting rid of coal.”

On Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Graham seemed to indicate there would be a response from the Capito campaign. “Voters are going to reminded very soon about Natalie Tennant’s support of President Obama and his anti-coal agenda. So, you’ll just have to stay tuned for that,” Graham said.

Up to this point, the Capito campaign has run radio ads.

Last week, The Washington Post reported the Senate Majority PAC was putting more than $200,000 into television ads attacking Capito in Clarksburg, Charleston and Beckley.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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  • B. Moore

    Put the coal miners to work building solar panels and wind & water generator better for your health. Sent by a person that had a lung removed. Make sure that miners and vets get the jobs first.

  • B. Moore

    Just a suggestion: Put out an ad that says ( remove the cap on social security make everybody pay it ) make SS solvent for the next 50 years. Mrs Moore will not vote for it. Tennant WINS the old folks vote plus people about to retire!

  • Todd Young

    General Tackett is a joke. She campaigned and voted twice for Obama and now she is against him. Natalie is only out for herself and cares nothing about us or this state. Even Joe has sold out. The politicians have figured out that they can lie and cheat to steal money and services that benefit themselves and their friends and family. This state was the only state in the country to lose population last year. Rahall and the rest of the sell outs need to go. I don't want my kids to go to college here just to move out of state for a better opportunity. We need to have that opportunity here! We have a great work force and no opportunity! Dammit! We had all better wake up!

  • Melissa

    She drank Obummer's koolaid and now she thinks we're going to send her to Washington so she can get another swig???!!! I think NOT!!

  • Tammy

    HOW did she vote for him twice when he made it VERY clear in his first campaign that he saw coal as the enemy! The 2012 election was not that long ago and she voted for him AGAIN! Now things are looking bad for West Virginia and all the families that depend on coal, which by the way, pays her salary and now she acts indignant that he won't even step foot in WV. I don't believe her. She must think West Virginians are stupid. Think again Natalie.

  • Josh

    Let's be honest here - Natalie has absolutely no desire to actually speak out against Obama or the Dems who are actively rooting for the demise of coal because she desperately wants to be part of the DC scene.

  • Tyrone

    Someone needs to turn her lights off ... Another candidate owned by Corporate America..Just check out who has donated and you will see.

  • David

    Come on West Virginia, wise up on phony ads from Democrats -- their very presence in the senate puts Harry Reid in charge, and the EPA on "all systems go" for killing coal across America. Time to put the Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate.

    Coal miners can't afford another Democrat keeping the Senate in the hands of the EPA.

  • fed up

    ha-ha-ha -ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.....
    (can't stop laughing at this commercial full of lies)What has she done to fight for WV coal miners and jobs?....laughable.....She supported President Obama in 2008 (even after he said he would bankrupt the coal industry) and she supported him again in 2012...fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice..shame on all the voters

  • Jim

    Please. She just had the biggest liberal in Washington here to support her (Warren). Sorry Nat but this democrat will not vote for you. You will turn around and support Obama at every turn. Watch out WV don't let her pull the wool over your eyes with these commercials.

  • Judge Jimmy

    How about we send Obama a real message and elect a Republican. NT runs against Obama so she can get elected then will fall in line once she's in Washington.

  • Phyllis Hart

    Me and my Husband are registered Dem. have followed you voted for you for Sec of State thought you were doing a fine job. also supported you in Run for Gov. But the add about coal and Obama got to us. Les (husband ) is a retired coal miner We both, as does many other coal mines want Clean air not just from coal but Oil and Gas fracking too. Will you be taking up Sen. Rockofellows bill on Black lung? That many coal miners were denied .. Ther are more Coal miner working today than 2009. What happen to stemulus money for clean in 2009.




    The Manchins have been friends of the Moores f/ever and Shelley will carry Northern West Virginia, the Eastern Panhandle, Kanawha,Putnam, & Cabell Counties, and Southern Coal Counties.

    Thus, a landslide f/ Shelley Capito.

  • JT

    Tennant just had one of the biggest coal Bashers come to WV and CampIgn for her....Elizabeth Warren, Senator