If you are like me, I do not like anyone that puts monetary gain over the safety of the common man. When I saw that Don Blankenship is going to seek the seat of current Senior Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, I wanted to throw up.
For those of you who don’t know, Don Blankenship was a coal magnate who was the Chairman of the Massey Energy Company. This company at its prime in 2008 was the sixth largest coal company in the United States. And now you may be thinking, “This guy just seems like a regular business executive.” but you would be so, so wrong. Mr. Blankenship was responsible for one of the worst mining disasters in the history of West Virginia and in the United States. The Upper Big Branch Mine disaster happened in April of 2010 when a dust explosion took place in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The cause of the explosion was due to the failure to meet national regulations of mine requirements. This was later investigated and shown that it was the Massey Energy Company who did not keep the mine up to regulation because of costs. If we let this man become a Senator for the state that he let 29 West Virginians die in for more profit, then our state has a serious problem with judgement.
Now, Don Blankenship thankfully isn’t the only competitor for incumbent Joe Manchin, the state also has Evan Jenkins, a Republican U.S. Representative and current West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. West Virginians will have plenty to choose from in the upcoming 2018 Midterm.