Don Blankenship, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former CEO of Massey Energy Company, issued the following statement in response to career politician Evan Jenkins' first television ad.
Evan’s ad is certainly upbeat - a real feel good ad.
It’s important to be positive and enthusiastic. But it's equally (or more) important to be realistic. Evan has a great deal to be positive about. He has a great life and, as the video commercial says, a wonderful family.
This ad delivers a very important message for West Virginians. Particularly those who want to keep their job or hope to find a job near home. The ad also reminds us all how long we have lived in poverty and in fear of being unable to support our families in West Virginia. Personally, I am reminded that even when I graduated from Marshall in 1972 I had to leave West Virginia to find a job. We have been the victim of career politicians putting themselves first and their voters