What Now?

December 2, 2013

By: Rob Jones

I’ve begun to take a close look at the state of politics, in the Great State of West Virginia and the one thing that sticks out, in my mind, is the race for retiring senator, Sen. Rockefellers’ senate seat. As I see things, current Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, is no shoe in for that senate seat.
The current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is the last remaining Democrat who could give Congresswoman Capito a run for her money. The reason for my thoughts are simple. Congresswoman Capito has not had a very good track record with her voting, as a Republican Congresswoman.¬†Frankly, some of her votes have left many wondering if she’s a member of the wrong party. This contributing writer is among that group.
Secretary Tennant has made no announcement, as of yet, if she will join the race for that senate seat or what the future may hold for her, in politics. If Secretary Tennant does not choose to run, I believe that Congresswoman Capito will win the vacant senate seat by a large margin. If Secretary Tennant decides to run against Capito, I think at the very least, Capito would win by a much smaller margin. If Secretary Tennant plays her cards right, I believe that an upset could be in the works. Tennant has no real record to look at, but the congresswoman does, so let’s take a look at a few things, that may hurt her chances.
Congresswoman Capito has a dismal conservative record of only 48%. She has never voted for a conservative Republican Study Committee Budget. She has voted for SCHIP, the massive expansion of government-run health insurance, five times! She voted for the ill fated “cash for clunkers” program. She voted for the $300 billion bailout of Fannie May and Freddie Mac. She voted for the auto company bailout. She voted for the “no child left behind” failure. She voted for the 2011 deal that raised the debt limit by trillions of dollars. She’s repeatedly voted for wasteful earmark spending, such as the Bronx Council for the Arts, an American Ballet Theatre, an Exploratorium in San Francisco, an Aquarium in South Carolina, and Grape genetics research. She also voted for the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform. All things that conservatives don’t support.
Given Congresswoman Capito’s dismal voting record in congress, can we expect much of a change in the senate? I don’t think that we can. What I think the State of West Virginia needs, is a true conservative. That’s rare enough, but in this state, an endangered species. God Bless you, God Bless West Virginia, and God Bless America.


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