West Virginia Democratic Gov. Earl Tomblin has issued an extraordinary statement of no support for President Obama’s re-election. There are twice as many registered Democrats in WV as Republicans, Democrats have controlled both houses of the WV legislature for decades. Tomblin, as governor, is the leader of the state’s Democratic Party who should be fully supporting an incumbent Democratic president for re-election. But he can’t. If Obama’s policies are so bad that a Democratic governor has to publicly declare he is not supporting his re-election, then how do Democrats in states bordering West Virginia feel about those same policies? Places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia where many believe the general election will be decided.
A second political leader in as many weeks in West Virginia has admitted a struggle on whether to vote for the reelection of President Barack Obama.
Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said he was not jumping in one way or the other in the race for President. He was letting it play out.
Tuesday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s campaign released the following statement from the governor on the President’s race:
“I do not believe that either candidate has a real understanding of what is important to West Virginia.
“As Governor, I go to work every day to stand up for West Virginians and create jobs. As Governor, I know that I must work hard every day to earn the trust and the votes of my constituents. Neither President Obama nor Governor Romney has earned my vote at this point.
“On the one hand, Mitt Romney is supporting policies that will end Medicare and Social Security as we know it. His policies will put more burdens on West Virginia families who are simply trying to make ends meet. On the other hand, President Obama has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia’s economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business. That will not only hurt thousands of West Virginia families, it will destroy the economic fabric of our state.
“As a loyal member of the Democratic Party and as Governor for our State, I will continue do everything I can, including suing the EPA, to get the President to change the misguided policies that are hurting West Virginians.”