by Ron Gregory
Charleston — The West Virginia Coal Association has officially endorsed Republican Delegate Rupie Phillips for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia.
“Delegate Rupie Phillips recognizes the important role West Virginia’s coal industry plays in keeping the state’s economy strong, and he has proven time and time again that he is willing to fight for not only the industry but West Virginia miners and their families,” said Bill Raney, President of the WVCA.
“During his time at the legislature, Rupie has been an advocate for the importance of coal to West Virginia and the nation, working tirelessly against the Obama Administration’s crippling war on coal and the disastrous impacts it had on our families and communities. He led the efforts of the legislature to oppose the anti-coal bureaucrats in Obama’s regulatory regime. We believe he deserves the same opportunity in Washington as a member of Congress to assist President Trump in making America and West Virginia great again,” Raney concluded.
Meanwhile, another legislator and congressional candidate, Democrat State Senator Richard Ojeda told associates he was in meetings with producer Michael Moore. In fact, West Virginia Republicans posted a photo of Ojeda and Moore meeting on social media.
Critics pointed out that Moore is a longtime opponent of coal mining and crusades for other ultra-left issues.
In the past, Ojeda has said he is critical of coal companies and officials but is on the side of working coal miners.
Friends say Ojeda told them Moore is working on a documentary about him and medical marijuana.
The West Virginia Coal Association is a trade association representing more than 95 percent of the state’s surface and underground coal mine production. Its purpose is to have a unified voice representing West Virginia’s coal industry and is dedicated to safeguarding, protecting and advancing the coal industry.