WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — State Senator Evan Jenkins found himself with an open stage Thursday before the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit at the Greenbrier Resort. The Republican candidate for the Third District Congressional seat took full advantage of the opportunity.

“You’re going to have every candidate, Democrat-Republican, up on this stage today, later today, and tomorrow saying they are pro-coal,” Jenkins told the gathered Chamber members. “But I’m running against someone who has a voting record and he’s not willing to come up here and defend his record.”

Longtime incumbent Democrat Representative Nick Rahall declined the Chamber’s invitation to be part of a candidate form on stage with Jenkins.

“I’m telling you as I campaigned through West Virginia, 18 counties, it is unbelievable the devastation and 38 years of the same representation,” Jenkins said. “Does anybody think year 39 and 40 is going to be anything different.”

Jenkins accused Rahall of being a loyal foot soldier for the Democrat leadership in Washington and refusing to acknowledge the people he represented back in West Virginia.

“Washington is broken,” said Jenkins. “The politics that are being driven out of Washington are wrong for this country and they’re devastating West Virginia.”

Jenkins touted his own record in the state legislature. He noted his election to the House of Delegates when the state’s workers’ compensation system was in dire need of reform. He claimed his election to the Senate came amid a drastic need for medical malpractice insurance reform. Jenkins said he helped lead efforts to make both of those changes in state government. He said his election now to Congress will be no different.

“You would not believe all the support from some of the most anti-coal advocates in this country who are writing the big checks to fund his campaign,” said Jenkins. “Why? So they can get a faithful servant of Nancy Pelosi back in Congress.”

Jenkins, who represents Cabell and Wayne counties in the state Senate, was elected to the post as a Democrat but changed his registration to run for Congress.

Rahall was at a meeting of the Coalfields Expressway Authority in Mullens Thursday. He was praising a recent announcement of a funding plan for a 3.3-mile section of the highway.

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Comments

  • Dave

    Goodbye Nick.

  • Denny Benntt

    It is time to stick it to sick Nick.

  • Gary Keiffer

    RAHALL VOTED TO LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS. RAHALL VOTED FOR OBAMA CARE. THATS ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR JENKINS. RAHALL HAS BEEN A RUBBER STAMP FOR OBAMA. A VOTE FOR RAHALL IS A VOTE FOR OBAMA. Everyone knows Rahall has turned his back on COAL and WEST VIRGINIA. HOW MANY JOBS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS HAS RAHALL GOT FOR WEST VIRGINIA. NO NEW PLANTS OR BUSINESSES IN RALEIGH, MCDOWELL OR FAYETTE THAT I KNOW OF.HOW MANY COAL MINERS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. HOW MANY COAL RELATED JOBS HAVE BEEN LOST. Answer a lot and its going to get worse if people done vote republican. Forget party this election is about jobs.

  • Aaron

    Here you go Mr. Jenkins...

    http://www.nrcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Obama-Rahall-pool.jpg

    • Evan

      The man can't even set up a proper, legal rack in a game of eight-ball. Figures!

  • Worm

    It doesn't make a damn who's in office....its over for coal. The cost to take it out of the ground is higher that than the market value. Politicians on both sides are crooked as hell and will say any thing to get a vote. Nether Rahall or Jenkins have a snowballs chance in hell of reversing the future of coal. Instead of beating this dead horse, talk about how these workers will be trained with new job skills.

    • John

      The high cost of taking coal from the ground are directly a result of the EPA. I've heard from miners about the endless, silly regulations they are forced to abide by. They have nothing to do with safety. That's what is driving up the cost, not the market.

  • Jim G.

    Nicky Joe it's time to go.........

  • Sarah

    Hasn't SENATOR Evan Jenkins been in office for 20 years as a Democrat? He has no one to blame but himself for what is happening in Southern WV. He's fooling no one.

    As least Nick Rahall doesn't flip to pretend he's something else. Jenkins is a fraud and everyone sees through him.

    • Proud WVian

      As the article states, Mr Jenkins represents Cabell and Wayne County in the legislature which is certainly among the more prosperous parts of the Third Congressional District. I think he switched because he finally came to his senses of what the party to which he belonged had really done to this state, and now, this country.

      • Sarah

        He switched because he stands for nothing. He even donated to Rahall in Rahall's last election. Jenkins is a fraud. He just wants to be a politician, he does NOT want to stand up for people. You can stand up for people being an R or a D. If he wanted to make a real stand then don't flip for the money.

        • Sarah

          It amazes me how you fellows think you need to educate me on what the Democratic Party stands for or what Nick Rahall has done for the state.

          It also amazes me that you have NOTHING positive to say about Jenkins, you're only interested in bashing Rahall.

          Rahall is a very nice person and is honest. He's pushed miner safety, job training programs, raising minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, the end of insurance companies ending insurance due to getting sick, and much, much more. I can trust what he says unlike the guy just looking for a vote so he can have a title like Jenkins.

          Jenkins stands for nothing. Nothing.

          • John

            Sarah,
            He's honest???? His own campaign ads on TV are a lie. Democrats have run this state for 70 or 80 years and we are last in everything good and first in everything bad. It's not good for one party to control everything for that long. Even if it's the Republicans. We need to change for a while and see how that works out. Nick Rahall has been there long enough.

        • Wirerowe

          The Democratic Partyffor centuries lived off the backs of the working people. The Democratic Party now has turned it's back on working people veterans and rural people across this country. The Democratic Party now represents the interests of the superior liberal elite, and urban dwellers period. That gives them enough electoral votes to have a good start on winning the presidency. They don't care about the rest of the country.I like both Rahal and Jenkins. I will support whoever wins. By default the Republican Party best represents the interest of rural states like West Virginia.

        • The bookman

          Sarah,

          WV is Conservative state. Even most Democrats would be Conservative Republicans elsewhere. I think his switch in party makes his victory difficult, but what positive difference can Rahall make? What does Rahall propose to do in the next two years that he has not been able to accomplish since 1977? Aside from represent the further deterioration of his district to make it 4 decades of decline. Rahall has had is opportunity to stand for WV in the 3rd. When it counts, he is with his party and not the people.

        • Mason County Contrarian

          Kind of resembles a game show host, doesn't he?

          • The bookman

            Or a news reader! Ironic isn't it?

        • Wirerowe

          The Democratic Party grew up hand in hand with the working people of this country. The Democratic Party has been taken over by the liberal elites from the big cities and urban areas throughout the country. The Democratic Party no longer represents the working people and veterans or the rural areas of this country. Plus this democrats that have never voted for a republican or republicans who have never voted for a democrat are the real frauds. To those people the political party is more important than a better life for Americans and a West Virginians. I life both Rahal and Jenkins May the best person win.