Don Blankenship, the former coal baron who spent time in federal prison and finished third in the West Virginia Republican primary in May, is wading back into the state's U.S. Senate race, this time attempting filing paperwork to run as a member of the Constitution Party. Blankenship tweeted photos of himself filing the paperwork on Tuesday, saying in part, "I am the only candidate who cannot be bought by out of state billionaires and I will work hard to drain the swamp." The West Virginia voters did not agree with him.
Joe Manchin is defending his Senate seat this fall. Manchin is a member of the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) caucus and has followed the Schumer dictates including voting against tax reform and tax cuts. Manchin is expected to vote against the leftist dictates in the vote for Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, but that would be in a desperate effort to hold his seat. It is widely expected Manchin would fall into lock step with the Schumer dictates after the election.
The problem Manchin has is that West Virginia voted overwhelmingly for Trump and Trump has delivered on his promise to West Virginia in revive the coal mining industry by lifting devastating regulations, an industry that Obama decimated by initiating those devastating regulations.
Blankenship is now proving to Americans that so many politicians are far more interested in their own personal ambitions than the wishes of the voters. If Blankenship had been able to appear on the ballot, he would have garnered some votes and those votes would have been taken from Patrick Morrisey, the winner of the GOP primary in the race for the Senate thus enhancing the chances of Manchin to remain in the Senate and advance the Marxist/Progressive agenda.
West Virginia’s secretary of state denied Blankenship’s bid to appear on the Senate ballot as a third-party candidate, a victory for Freedom and Independence, hoping to consolidate votes against Manchin in the general election.
Secretary of State, Mac Warner, said Blankenship’s bid would violate the state’s "sore loser law" preventing a candidate who lost a primary from running again in the general election. “According to the plain language of the law, which controls my decision, a candidate who loses the Primary Election cannot use the nomination-certificate process to run another campaign in the General Election. Any other decision would be contrary to the law," Warner said in a statement.
It is imperative the GOP not only retain control of the Senate but increase its margin. The chances of another opening occurring on the Supreme Court are very good and a wider margin in the Senate would assure the ratification of a justice like Scalia, Thompson, Alito, and Gorsuch, perhaps Amy Barrett. As importantly, it would enable judges who understand the role of the courts as determined by the Constitution and understand the Constitution as written is the law of the land, to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
Thank you, Mac Warner, for reading the law and applying it as it is written.