- Manchin appeared in an advertisement for a Republican Party representative. David McKinley, who takes on a primary challenge from Alex Mooney.
- In strengthening his West Virginia colleagues, Manchin promoted McKinley’s opposition to the Build Better Act.
- Trump endorsed Mooney after McKinley voted for the Biden-backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.
Senator. Joe Manchin appeared last week in a campaign ad for a GOP representative. David McKinley of West Virginia, a veteran lawmaker who is in a bitter initial battle with the Trump-endorsed congressman, Alex Mooney.
In the 30-second ad, the Central West Virginia Democrat touts his opposition to President Joe Biden’s now-delayed “Build Back Better” legislation — a proposed social spending bill set to fund critical investments in child care, clean energy and higher education, among others. Other areas – in refuting the attacks against McKinley from Money.
Manchin, who supported the Republican senator. Susan Collins is re-elected in 2020 and has thrown his support behind the Republican senator. Lisa Murkowski’s reelection challenge this fall demonstrated a more aggressive stance on the campaign trail, perusing Mooney for being “all about” himself.
“I’ve always said if I can’t go home and make it clear, I can’t vote for it — which is why I opposed rebuilding better,” Manchin said. “To Alex Mooney and his out-of-state supporters, the suggestion that David McKinley supports ‘Build Back Better’ is an outright lie. David McKinley has long been opposed to reckless spending because it makes no sense for West Virginia.”
“Alex Mooney has proven he’s all about Alex Mooney,” the senator continued. “But West Virginians know David McKinley is all about us.”
When asked if the ad indicated full support for McKinley, Manchin spokesman Sam Runyon told CNN that “the ad speaks for itself.”
After the video was posted, McKinley campaigned in support of Manchin on the Republican fundraising platform WinRed.
“Joe Manchin knows I have always fought against wasteful spending and opposed liberal policies that do not work for the people of West Virginia,” the letter read.
Mooney responded to the ad on Saturday by criticizing the inclusion of McKinley Mansion.
“Further evidence that David McKinley is a complete and comprehensive RINO. Democrat Joe Manchin endorses him,” he wrote on Twitter.
McKinley’s reliance on the publication of the Mansion Declaration reflects the bipartisan nature of the senator’s appeal in a state that in the past 25 years has transformed from a Democratic bastion to a Republican bastion.
Manchin — a former West Virginia secretary of state and governor — was re-elected to a second full term in the Senate in 2018 despite Trump’s support for his then rival, state attorney general Patrick Morrissey.
It was McKinley Criticize by former President Donald Trump and Mooney-allied Republicans for their support of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that Biden signed into law last November. In his support of the bipartisan bill, McKinley was one of only 13 Republican members of the House of Representatives to support the legislation.
McKinley noted the billions in funding that will be earmarked for much-needed infrastructure projects in West Virginia; Mooney voted against the bill and is using the case to rally party supporters against McKinley.
McKinley and Mooney face off in a Republican primary contest over West Virginia’s loss of a congressional district after the state experienced a steady population decline from 2010 through 2020 — the state’s House of Representatives seats dropping from three to two.
Republican Representative. Carol Miller currently represents the Third District of Congress, which is located in the southern part of the state.