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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  • RogerD

    Besides turning the White House lights off, Natalie may have just turned the lights off on her campaign. Even WV voters can sniff out a flip flopper like this one.

  • Bill

    What a joke as she has always supported obama in his policies.

  • Natalie is #1

    Com on folks I is the best there is!!! I will stand with yunz or on you either way is fine with me. Me and hott Hilary will take the White House as the official first parternship.

  • oknod7363

    Silly lady. Obama gets his power from his pen and phone, not West Virginia.

  • arp

    Can anyone remember a WV Democrat ever running against their party's own president? And how does Natalie explain the (among other things) anti-coal fundraiser she attended with Mrs. Obama? Or bringing in the very anti-coal radical Elizabeth Warren for another fundraiser? Hypocritical and inconsistent, to say the least!

    • Aaron

      Given the President's approval numbers, which will likely end up lower than his predecessor and his history in West Virginia, Tennant would be a monumental FOOL to embrace the President. That doesn't mean she cannot take advantage of Big Democratic money when it's available. Both the fundraiser and speech by Warren are far enough from West Virginia's conservative Democrats that she hopes adds like this will counter them.

  • David Kennedy

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....
    Of course you are kidding me...
    To little late....a lib is a lib...noting more...
    political camelioning at it's best and Senator MoJo ?
    Isn't he a current coal baron with his own power plants...selling electricity back into the grid at a higher price rate?
    How do we let these people ave these jobs anyway?
    We are so stupid...

  • Damion45

    I don't understand why a democrat would run a campaign opposing their party leader. If you oppose the policies of the party leader, vote for someone in a different party.

  • Jeff

    Wow, trying to out Capito, Capito. It seems the advertising director reads the MetroNews comment sections. We're officially a one party state.

  • FungoJoe

    More liberal Hypocrisy Theater from Tennant. It is being reported in the Charleston Daily Mail that US coal exports are next on the attack list of the liberal elitists. What say you Ms. Tennant?? This is being spearheaded by Tennant's "friend" Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

  • Mister G!

    Does having Manchin in her TV spot help or hurt Ms. Tennant, considering what we've learned about the junior senator these past few days? ...

  • hillbilly

    Go ahead - vote for her. See how fast she flip-flops and sides with whatever the Party / Obama agenda is then once elected...

  • Voter

    Oh yeah she has done some things in the SOS office. I got a letter in the mail stating that beginning 7-1-14, the notary public process will change. It's going from a 10 year term to 5 year and now you must be bonded. After my commission expires, I don't see me renewing mine. Thanks Natalie (not)!

  • The bookman

    It's hard to watch it without chuckling. I wonder if she ran it past Elizabeth Warren during their visit together in the Eastern Panhandle. Maybe she can talk to Rahall about the clear message delivery he uses, since it's so effective.

    • Aaron

      I agree but this is a message that will help her with a lot ofDemocratic voters who are on the fence because of her past support of Obama.

      They will want to believe that their candidate despite is willing to stand up to the current administration. Despite her history.

      Sadly it will probably work with many voters as these are the same constituents that elected Jay Rockefeller and Nick Jo for years despite the fact that neithers voting records demonstrate West Virginia's best interest.

      It's why I say the race will only be 7%.

      • The bookman

        I think those are marginal voters, and given that this is a midterm, with low turnout, those putting Capito in will be energized beyond those wanting to send NT to Washington. Few will be swayed by such ads, and I think it does her more harm than good. It is funny though to see her pull the switch. I watched it four times.

        • Aaron

          I don't know. I think a lot depends on how heated the Congressional races get. A heated campaign in both Districts 2 and 3 could mean a higher than average turnout, particularly among the non-living Democrats in southern WV. I'm not giving up on a tight race yet.

          • Aaron

            It doesn't take a mad scientist to bring voters back from the dead in southern West Virginia, just a democratic official.

          • The bookman

            Ok, Dr. Frankenstein! Bringing voters back from the dead may be necessary to close this to seven points.

  • bryan

    Tennant championed the Obama agenda and defended his war on coal. Love how she is now talking out of both sides of her mouth.

  • Fransisco Scaramanga

    Tennant is useless. How this woman got elected is beyond comprehension when her only accomplishment is being the first female Mountaineer. She will lose by at least 8 points. She has done nothing as Secretary of State. All of the root outs of political corruption has been done by the feds. I'm sick of her trying to play it off as she is responsible for rooting out Mingo county.

    • TB

      Unfortunately, Natalie Tennant being elected to public office says more about the poorly informed voting base than Mrs Tennant.