Enviro consultant/ex-GOP Del. Sheirl Fletcher (D) and '88/'02 nominee/ex-state Sen. Jay Wolfe (R) "expressed dissatisfaction" with Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D) leadership during a Charleston Daily Mail ed board meeting 4/22, insisting that he "has fallen out of touch with constituents and leans too far to the left on the war, abortion and gun control." Fletcher: "I'm running as a conservative Democrat. I like Jay as a person, but I differ with him on the issues. I'm a strong advocate of the Second Amendment. I can pick off a rabbit at a good distance with a .22 myself. I feel he's not part of us. He's not one of us." Wolfe: "Jay Rockefeller is an extreme liberal. I would gladly support this girl (Fletcher) over Jay Rockefeller."
Wolfe said he supports drilling for oil in AK and offshore U.S. territories, along with the abolishment of the IRS. "He's against establishing a timetable for the Iraq war. Those stances are opposite of Rockefeller's, he points out. A small business owner, Wolfe favors the Fair Tax, which would replace the IRS and all federal income taxes with a progressive national retail sales tax. He owns four Sprint stores." Both "say they oppose socialized healthcare, though Fletcher added that all Americans should at least have some level of coverage."
"Both candidates also admit they're no match for Rockefeller when it comes to cash." Rockefeller has raised more than $4M. Wolfe reported $11,825 while Fletcher says she hasn't quite raised $10K. "For the money they're lacking, they're making up with in time, they say. In addition to operating his businesses, Wolfe said he's spending about 35 hours a week campaigning." Fletcher "said it's not unusual for her to work 20 hours a day on her campaign" (Stump, Charleston Daily Mail, 4/23).
This article appears in the April 24, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.