Sen. Joe Manchin offered a typically slippery response when asked if he would accept an endorsement from ex-convict Don Blankenship, going out of his way to praise Blankenship as the “true conservative” in the Republican primary race.
Manchin’s transparent courtship of Blankenship shows how much he is aware of his tanking approval rating and how desperate he is for support wherever he can get it.
We challenge Joe Manchin to take the endorsement of a man who went to prison for a conspiracy to violate mine safety laws that resulted in the death of 29 miners, who is registered to vote in Nevada, who lives in a mansion outside Las Vegas, and who recently considered becoming a Chinese citizen because he preferred their dictatorship form of government to American democracy.
On Manchin’s courtship of Blankenship’s endorsement, Senate Leadership Fund communications director Chris Pack says, “Go ahead, Joe. Make our day.”