Headline: "Candidate Fletcher contrasts herself with Jay"
Ex-state Del./businesswoman Sheirl Fletcher (D) "said she has paid her dues" to the Dem Party since switching from the GOP in '03, and she "believes she has positioned herself to give Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) "a run for his money" in the 5/13 primary. Fletcher, in a 4/10 interview with Charleston Gazette editors: "I think you're going to be surprised by the support and backing I'm going to have. ... Within the political structure I'm really well known."
Fletcher "criticized" Rockefeller for his endorsement of Barack Obama, saying he "made it seem as if that was West Virginia's choice." Fletcher: "I will support the party nominee" (Searls, Charleston Gazette, 4/11).
This article appears in the April 14, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.