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Governors Race Moves to Mountains

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Is there a more beautiful place than the mountains of Tucker County to campaign?

A Friends of Blackwater fund raiser was hosted Friday by Steve White and Chuck Smith two former chairs of the State Democratic Party. 

When two Democrats gather these days you can expect to find House Speaker Richard Thompson accompanied by democratic consultant Mike Plante.  With each passing event it appears Thompson’s potential candidacy has moved a step closer to reality. 

Remember when seven likely candidates made it to the annual Coalton homecoming celebration.  Since Thompson was the only candidate at the Blackwater event does this mean the White and Smith political organization is only pushing Thompson; or is Thompson courting them?

No speaking for Thompson on Friday he sang “Country Roads” with his guitar – bet we’ll see lots of that in the coming year.

 Senator Majority Leader Truman Chafin and former Senator Oshel Craigo were at the Tucker event.  Chafin is from Mingo County and Craigo from Putnam.  Not an easy trip to Tucker.  Wonder what they are up to?

Governor and Mrs. Joe Manchin were in attendance.  They have a home in Canaan Valley.

Another Candidate Found…..In Coalton

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

A reader of our blog contacted me to say I missed a potential gubernatorial candidate in my Coalton report.  Unrecognized by me in the crowd was out-going Morgantown Mayor Ron Justice.  My correspondent says “rumors are swirling that he may be testing the waters as well” thus explaining his presence in Coalton.  Seems the Mike Ross party is a political testing ground.

Governors Race Underway…..In Coalton

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The 2012 race for the Democratic nomination for Governor got underway Saturday. 

Watching the potential candidates you would have thought the election was next week.  They worked the crowd and created excitement during the annual Coalton Days homecoming celebration.  One even passed out campaign buttons.

The scene was a lawn party hosted by Delegate Mike Ross where his guests, town folks and family ate his famous Coalton Days Italian lunch.

Having attended this feast for years I would have thought they came for food.  But I don’t believe that was the case!  Meeting and greeting was the order of the day for:

o  Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin

o   House Speaker Richard Thompson

o  Senator Jeffrey V. Kessler

o  Senator Walt Helmick

o   Secretary of State Natalie Tennant

o   State Treasurer John D. Perdue

There were other current and former Legislators there.  Not sure if they were thinking about a run for Governor or not.  But there is no doubt about the others. 

A homemade parade featured local twirlers, the spaghetti cooks from the Coalton Catholic Church, fire trucks, area queens and of course the candidates.   Attorney General Darrel McGraw’s van known to never miss a parade was on hand. 

A lawnmower race between Governor Joe Manchin and Coach Bob Huggins followed the parade.  Not sure who won that one.

Who says everything happens in Charleston?