West Virginia's Democratic governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin has tried to play up the class warfare angle against his Republican opponent John Raese. In one TV ad, the Manchin campaign cropped a picture of of Raese and his wife in front of their Florida mansion and darkened his wife's skin to give her an orange glow.
Well, it turns out Manchin has some expensive tastes of his own. Ben Smith notes that Manchin is "part-owner of a rather nice 54-foot yacht, called the Black Tie.... Manchin flew down to Mobile Alabama on a state plane to pick it up in 2005, and hastily reimbursed the state $5,400 for the flight after the local press called to ask about it."
Apparently Manchin likes to enjoy the good life on land as well as at sea. From the West Virginia Gazette:
West Virginia governor Joe Manchin, the Democratic Senate candidate who's locked in a tight race with Republican John Raese, is now running an ad in which he promises to "take dead aim" at cap-and-trade and then literally shoots a hole through the law (which is labeled, conveniently enough, "CAP AND TRADE BILL").
I noted earlier that Public Policy Polling shows West Virginia's Democratic governor Joe Manchin with a 3-point lead over John Raese, but the poll appears to be a little bit skewed to the left. Our very own Jay Cost (who keeps a record of all exit polling data dating back to 1796 indexed in his brain), points out that PPP's poll is predicting the most pro-Democratic electorate in West Virginia in over a decade.
With Bill Clinton at his side and the Monongahela River in the background, West Virginia governor and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin spent much of yesterday's rally distancing himself from President Obama and the national Democratic party.
Another crazed tea partier, right? Nope, it's West Virginia's Democratic governor and Senate candidate Joe Manchin, who touts his NRA endorsement in a new ad and vows: "I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets." Manchin then literally shoots a copy of the cap-and-trade bill with his rifle. Watch it:
Imagine the reaction if a Republican cut this ad--remember the hysteria when Sarah Palin used crosshairs to identify vulnerable Dem districts on a map? Oh well.
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