Mooney says Trump endorsement ‘seals the deal’ in his race against McKinley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Second District Congressman Alex Mooney said Tuesday he plans to use the endorsement from former President Donald Trump as often as he can during next year’s primary election when he’s expected to face off against Congressman David McKinley in the state’s new Second Congressional District.

Rep. Alex Mooney

Mooney received the endorsement from Trump Monday. He said on MetroNews “Talkline” Tuesday he’ll use it to its fullest extent.

“I can’t imagine a situation where I wouldn’t use it to be honest with you,” Mooney said.

Mooney also predicted victory over McKinley based on the endorsement.

“I think this endorsement from President Trump basically makes it impossible for him to win a primary against me,” Mooney said.

Mooney said he met with Trump for about an hour last Saturday at his Florida-based Mar-a-Lago Resort. He went there seeking the endorsement. He said Trump was prepared with a 15-page memo comparing the votes of Mooney and McKinley on various issues. He said Trump promised the endorsement on Monday and that’s when it came.

“It’s a big deal,” Mooney said Tuesday. “A lot of people weigh that very heavily in their decisions. They still feel Trump was a much better president than Joe Biden. It’s a big deal and I think you’ll see it in just about every ad,” Mooney said.

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Mooney has heavily criticized McKinley for being one of only 13 House Republicans to vote in favor of the more than $1 trillion infrastructure bill that was signed into law Monday. Mooney called it a terrible vote.

Mooney, who called McKinley a friend during Tuesday’s “Talkline” appearance, said his recent criticism is not personal.

“But some of his votes I think have disqualified him from winning a Republican primary,” Mooney said.

Mooney said he didn’t ask Trump to visit West Virginia on his behalf or to provide any other assistance in next year’s race. He said the endorsement is enough.

“I think most Republicans, particularly those who vote in primaries, they’ll all Trump supporters and I think that pretty much seals the deal anyway,” Mooney said.

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