Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2014

Support friends of coal, not Obama

— — West Virginia’s out-of-touch liberal congressman Nick Rahall appears to be the “best congressman that liberal money can buy.” Recent reports indicate that faced by a strong challenge from Huntington’s Evan Jenkins, he considered retiring from congress. Until the anti-coal liberals waved the promise of lots of campaign cash in his face that is. While there’s no doubt that Obama loves Mr. Rahall, recent polls indicate that his constituents do not. He appears to be losing his re-election battle to Jenkins, a coal supporter that left the Democrat Party in large part because of the Obama Administration’s war on coal.

The Obama Administration recently cut a half-million dollars from the budget for black lung clinics in West Virginia. Even Democrat Gov. Tomblin was howling about this! But it doesn’t look like Mr. Rahall’s almost 40 years seniority in Congress was any benefit to disabled West Virginia miners, so what good is he? He fails at every opportunity to stand up against Obama and fight for coal families.

Rahall now belatedly admits that Obama’s election “probably” wasn’t good for West Virginia. So where was he in 2008 and 2012 when families in coal country needed him? Rahall was supporting his fellow liberal Obama!

My son works in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, he supports my two grandchildren by mining the coal that keeps the lights on in America. So I know firsthand the importance of winning the war on coal that Obama declared five years ago. I realize the importance of electing friends of coal and defeating friends of Obama such as Mr. Rahall.

Bobby May

Hurley, Va.

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