Despite the gains presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is making in several key states, not all of her fellow Democrats support her goal to be the first woman president of the US. On Monday, August 22, 2016, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in West Virginia said he cannot support Clinton. The billionaire owner of several coal mines, Jim Justice, based his decision on Clinton’s proposed environmental policies. Mainly referring to a comment by Clinton in May, when she emphatically said under her presidency many coal miners world be out of a job and coal companies no longer in business, according to The Hill.
The statement angered several people in regions dependent on coal mines for their income and livelihood. Justice, therefore, says “the reason I can’t be is her position on coal is diametrically, completely wrong in…, many different ways.” When confronted on the issue, the former Secretary of State, claims she made a misstatement while providing details of her proposal to help coal communities facing the biggest economic challenges.
Justice firmly believes in the future of the coal industry and is often criticizes people who think the decline will continue. Referring to his wealth, Justice distanced himself from the national Democratic Party and presidential politics, to suggest he is running for governor of West Virginia to help West Virginians more than himself. Politico reports that although he has not revealed who he’ll vote for in November, he has indicated the Democratic Nominee is not his automatic choice.
By Jireh Gibson
Politico: Democratic gubernatorial candidate in West Virginia says he can’t support Clinton
The Hill: Dem in West Virginia governor race won’t support Clinton
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