When I saw the headline "McKinley deserving of Statesman of the Year honor" on a Google search I thought of former POTUS William McKinley and asked myself "why would you honor a man who's been dead for over 114 years as your Statesman of the Year?" (Hmmm --- maybe he wasn't actually dead!) When I clicked on the editorial, lo-and-behold, it was Congressman David McKinley, representing West Virginia's first congressional district that the Clarksburg newspaper was honoring. While the editorial does mention coal and responding to his constituents, I did find the editorial a bit sketchy on exactly how McKinley is a "statesman." (Given the times we live in, the definition of "statesman" has probably been significantly broadened.) Here's the newspaper's conclusion:
For his willingness to do as much as possible to help all constituents, as well as his undying support of coal and its place in the state and national economy, McKinley has earned the honor of Statesman of the Year for 2015.
The congressman's Facebook page does report that he was "humbled by this recognition."