Capito the only choice
In West Virginia’s 2020 U.S. Senate “race” there is but one choice. And it’s not even a contest.
Current Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito is an ideal example of a true public servant. Her opponent, Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin, even hides where she attended high school.
Ironically, Swearengin gives no hint of her work history but claims Capito is “hiding” from debating her.
Swearengin promises transparent government while steadfastly refusing to answer questions from voters or the media. At this point, all she tells us is that she’s from Mullens, a “coal miner’s daughter,’ and she established an account to solicit donations for her brother’s funeral, promised a full accounting but apparently never gave one.
West Virginians know all about Capito. She grew up with us all, from her childhood when her father served in Congress, to the Governor’s Mansion during his time there, to her own service in the state legislature, then House of Representatives and on to the Senate. She’s seeking her second term.
Her father, the legendary three-term governor, Arch A. Moore, Jr. led a life transparent to all West Virginians. The family is equally well known.
But even if Swearengin told us every detail of her life, she could not match up with Capito.
A strong voice for West Virginia energy (endorsed by the UMWA), Capito’s constituent services are among the best ever.
Governor Moore once said he taught his daughter, once in public office, to “treat everyone with respect and remember that their problem is the biggest concern they have. When they contact you, get back to them.”
Capito does that and so much more. She has worked with President Donald Trump to bring federal funds to the Mountain State. She is often the voice of moderation when issues flare in the Senate.
So there’s really no race to this. Capito, like Trump, will win in a landslide. Her excellent service will continue and Swearengin will, perhaps, continue to hide.
Meanwhile, Libertarian David Moran is on the ballot as well. Intelligent proposals in keeping with libertarian goals highlight his candidacy. In a world of true democracy, he would stand a chance. But this is a republic based on a two-party system. We wish him well.
It would be easy to summarize by saying voters have no choice but to vote for Capito this year. But actually, we see it as an excellent opportunity. Shelley Moore Capito, a leader we can trust.