CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Another political action group is getting involved in the race for U.S. Senate targeting Republican candidates Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
‘Duty and Country,’ a new Super PAC which describes itself as “dedicated to electing Democratic candidates,” began a statewide advertising campaign Wednesday in the Mountain State.
The campaign calls Jenkins and Morrisey “unacceptable candidates.”
The advertising campaign does not mention any other Republican candidates including Don Blankenship, Tom Willis, Bo Copley and Jack Newbrough.
The winner of the crowded GOP Primary May 8 will likely face U.S. Senator Joe Manchin in the November General Election.
When contacted Wednesday by MetroNews both the Jenkins and Morrisey campaigns fired back.
“It’s no surprise Joe Manchin is meddling in the Republican primary. As his approval rating sinks to new lows, so goes his campaign tactics,” Jenkins campaign spokesman Andy Seré said. “D.C. Democrats peddled these same falsehoods against Evan in 2014 — claims so misleading TV stations pulled the ads down. We expect voters will see Manchin’s desperate measures for what they are.”
Morrisey campaign spokesperson Nachama Soloveichik said voters know Morrisey’s record.
“Patrick Morrisey has been elected statewide as attorney general of West Virginia twice, because voters recognize his conservative record of expanding gun rights, protecting the unborn, defeating Obama’s war on coal, and tackling the opioid crisis. The Democrats are merely going after him because they know Patrick will defeat Joe Manchin in the general election,” she said.