U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship is being criticized for an ad he published Thursday in his bed for the Republican nomination for West Virginia's Congress seat.
But Blankenship's threat may ring hollow. That is, he's highly likely to lose to a beatable Democrat in the general election (in this case, Joe Manchin).
For weeks, Morrisey aimed almost all of his strikes at the primary competitor, GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins, however re focused his interest on Blankenship this weekend, using the press conference Sunday as well as also a robo-call Saturday. Twenty-nine miners died at a Blankenship-run mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, in 2010. "The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun". In April, GOP strategists launched Mountain Families PAC, investing in six-figure television advertisement buys.
For weeks, Morrisey aimed most of his assaults at one other main opponent, GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins, however refocused his consideration on Blankenship this weekend, with the press convention Sunday and a robo-call Saturday. "The establishment politicians are getting desperate and more hostile", Blankenship notes in his radio message, due to air locally Monday morning. "They are also childishly calling me despicable and mentally ill", Blankenship says in the video. "In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars", Blankenship says without providing evidence in what could be his final ad of the primary.
The term "China family" is an apparent reference to McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents moved to the United States in the early 60s. He noted recently in an interview that Chao's father is a "wealthy Chinaperson", then defended his language at a GOP Senate debate by claiming that he himself was an "Americaperson". "I've never used a race word".
Blankenship is making noise about running as an independent if he loses the primary.
Thomas says Blankenship's form is complicated. Calls to the NRSC went unanswered Tuesday night. "Every part will probably be OK in just a few days". "His name is ex-convict Don Blankenship".