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CHARLESTON — With less than 10 days to go until Election Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin voiced his support for Rep. David McKinley in the May 10 Republican primary for the new 2nd Congressional District over Rep. Alex Mooney.

In a TV ad that aired over the weekend and on YouTube, Manchin praised McKinley for standing up against “reckless spending” and attacked Mooney for trying to link McKinley to President Joe Biden’s failed Build Back Better social spending agenda. All three voted against the $1.85 trillion proposal last fall.

“I always said if I couldn’t go home and explain it, I couldn’t vote for it, and that’s why I opposed Build Back Better,” Manchin said in the announcement. “For Alex Mooney and his out-of-state supporters to suggest that David McKinley supported Build Back Better is an outright lie. David McKinley has always opposed reckless spending because it doesn’t make sense for West Virginia.

“Alex Mooney has proven he’s all about Alex Mooney,” Manchin continued. “West Virginians know McKinley is all around us.”

The McKinley campaign says the Mooney campaign is trying to muddy the waters by linking McKinley’s vote for the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in November with the Build Back social spending plan Better. McKinley was one of 13 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote for the infrastructure bill, with Mooney and 3rd District Congresswoman Carol Miller opposed. Manchin and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., supported the infrastructure bill and participated in its negotiations with the White House.

“Manchin is particularly credible to talk about opposition (Build Back Better). I mean, he put a knife in it on national TV,” said a source close to McKinley. “Joe and David disagree on a lot of things. David is a conservative Republican and Joe is a moderate Democrat. But they both had the same stance on Biden’s social spending and take offense that someone outside of West Virginia is lying about it.

Mooney took to his Facebook page on Saturday to attack Manchin’s endorsement of McKinley, calling McKinley a RINO (Republican in name only) and criticizing both the vote for the infrastructure bill and the failure of the bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump to prevent certification of the 2020 election for Biden.

“Further proof that David McKinley is a complete and utter RINO. Democrat Joe Manchin backs him up,” Moony said. “Joe Manchin and David McKinley both backed Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion non-infrastructural bill. They also supported the bogus January 6 witch hunt investigation against Donald Trump and his allies. Manchin even voted to impeach Trump. It’s no surprise that Joe Manchin and the Democratic Party want to defeat a principled conservative like me.

Manchin served with McKinley in the West Virginia House of Delegates in the mid-1980s on opposite sides of the aisle. The two went to Congress around the same time, with McKinley winning the House election after former 1st District Congressman Alan Mollohan lost the Democratic primary to Michael Oliverio, a former US senator. Monongalia County State. Manchin, then governor of West Virginia, won a special U.S. Senate election to succeed Robert C. Byrd, who died earlier that year.

According to a Morning Consult poll released last week, Manchin has an approval rating of 57% among West Virginia voters for the first three months of 2022, up from 40% in the same period of 2021, an increase of 16 points in the first year. of the Biden presidency.

Despite being the only Democrat elected statewide, the Morning Consult poll found Manchin doubled his support among Republican voters in the state to 69%. Sources at the McKinley camp said this followed their own numbers.

“In our polls, Manchin has consistently been in the mid-60s among Republican primary voters. Yes, among Republican PRIMARY voters,” the source said.

Capito said last week she wouldn’t endorse the Republican primary in the 2nd congressional district, but she praised McKinley’s infrastructure vote. Mooney was endorsed by Trump last year, who released a new statement last week confirming his endorsement. McKinley was endorsed by Gov. Jim Justice in January, who according to a Morning Consult poll was the nation’s fourth most popular governor.

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