WV Attorney General Morrisey to run for Senate
The Charleston Gazette-Mail is reporting that Patrick Morrisey will be running for senate:
Morrisey, who is scheduled to appear at a rally in Harper’s Ferry on Monday evening, said he is running to forward conservative values such as rolling back environmental protections, protecting citizens’ rights to bear arms, and preventing women from receiving abortion procedures.
It appears that Morrisey is going to closely align himself with President Trump:
Along with mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Morrisey said he wants to join Trump’s crusade to “drain the swamp,” a euphemism for eliminating the revolving door of civil service to lobbying, and stopping career politicians.
"Draining the swamp?" That's an interesting strategy for Morrisey, a former swampmenber/lobbyist. Has he looked at who Trump has brought into his administration? While I haven't seen any recent West Virginia polls, I have a hunch that Trump's favorable rating has dropped some in West Virginia and who knows what eliminating Obamacare might do to it.
Morrisey joins Representative Evan Jenkins on the Republican side.
Maybe Morrisey didn't give the Intelligencer a heads up that he was going to announce today
I'm not completely sure which candidate Ogden papers will eventually support (my early bet is on Morrisey) but I don't think that the Intelligencer would have run a pro-Jenkins editorial on the same day Morrisey announced his candidacy. The editorial, "Using Medicaid More Responsibly," is an excuse to detail Jenkins' views on healthcare. When I read it this morning I planned to write a blog post that the pro-Jenkins editorial was the first in what will be a long line of pro-Republican editorials leading up to an election that is still 16 months away. The Republicans in recent elections have usually decided on a candidate early in the process and spent most of their effort, with the help of Ogden newspapers, trying to get that candidate elected. The Republicans now have two establishment candidates. Hey, it's too bad Congressman McKinley didn't join them -- that might have been a fun race to watch.