WEST VIRGINIA | WV-sen

SMP Spot Ties Morrisey to Opioid Crisis, Lobbying

Joe Manchin won't challenge Don Blankenship's bid to be on the ballot.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 25, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

“Senate Majority PAC is out with a new TV ad slamming West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey … for failing to ‘police the opioid industry’ because the Republican ‘approved a state contract' for drug distributor Cardinal Health, which hired his wife as its lobbyist.

"The Democratic group, which put $350,000 behind the spot, made a minor edit sought by TV stations because the original version, in the Morrisey campaign's words, was ‘defamatory.’” (National Journal)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D) “placed TV spending for the fall” starting Sept. 3. (Medium Buying)

WHEN DON BLANKENSHIP IS DEMOCRATS' ALLY. “Manchin thinks former coal tycoon Don Blankenship has a ‘valid case’ for his third-party bid, a bid Democrats are hoping will siphon away votes from the GOP if Blankenship makes the ballot.” Manchin: "Don got the necessary signatures. … I think he has a valid case. … If you get 6,000 [people] that want you on the ballot, then he exercised his right and did what he was supposed to do within the letter of the law."

“Manchin added that while he expects Morrisey to challenge Blankenship's spot under the sore-loser law, he will not.” (NBC)

Morrisey: "Voters won't be distracted by efforts to divert attention away from Lying liberal Joe Manchin’s record of supporting pro-abortion policies, gun control, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign against coal miners.” (release)

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