Editorial: Maloney Hides Behind Insults to Fellow Republican Candidates

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Editorial:  Maloney Hides Behind Insults to Fellow Republican Candidates

The Governor's race this year has been notable for the general lack of personal swipes taken by the candidates on one another.  One exception is the shallow argument made by political newcomer Bill Maloney, who has conveniently tried to hide his lack of experience by slamming the public service of his Republican opponents.  People are getting wise to this now.

At first, Maloney's "I'm not a career politician" line sounds good, doesn't it?  We all feel like sweeping the rascals out of the statehouse from time to time.  But the truth is that not all of the people we send to Charleston are ne'er-do-wells.  In fact, some have served this state well and at great personal cost to their careers and families.  

Take a look at the rest of the Republican field this year.  This may not be the most famous bunch to ever run for Governor, but as one talk radio host pointed out last week, it may be the field of candidates with the most experience that the GOP has ever put up:

  • Delegate Mitch Carmichael:  Carmichael follows in the footsteps of his father, Bill, in serving as a longtime Republican member of the House of Delegates from Jackson County.  Carmichael is one of the few legislators who can not only say that he's read the influential conservative economist, Frederick Hayek, but can also explain in layman's terms what Hayek means.  He would make a fine cabinet secretary if this particular run doesn't work for him--or  State Treasurer.

 

  • Former Delegate Larry Faircloth:  Dubbed by some as "the granddaddy of them all," Faircloth served for 24 years in the House of Delegates, representing Berkeley County.   Faircloth has seen his section of the state grow over his lifetime and wants to see it spread to other parts of the state.  Few doubt his knowledge of state goverment and his ability to negotiate the issues between the Executive and Legislative branches of our state government.

 

  • Former Secretary of State Betty Ireland:  Ireland's win over Democratic legend Ken Hechler for the Secretary of State's office in 2004 was a sure sign that the Republican gains made by Cecil Underwood and Shelley Moore Capito were secured.  Ireland's state government experience is a better fit for many of the duties she would face in the Governor's office, where persuasion is key, than Bill Maloney's top-down corporate structure.

 

  • State Senator Clark Barnes:  Like Ireland and her victory over Hechler, Clark Barnes shocked the Democratic political establishment by removing from office their Senate Transportation Chairman, Mike Ross--a man no one thought could ever be beaten.  Barnes beat him not once, but twice, after Ross spent nearly $1 million in a failed attempt to get his old job back.  Barnes' ability to get important pieces of legislation through both houses, like his bill opposing the federal REAL ID Bill, shows that Senator from Elkins has proven leadership skills.   His blend of government and business experience allows him to swim well in both worlds.  He is the first Republican State Senator from his area since 1929.

 

  • Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia:  Sorsaia is the longtime Putnam County Prosecutor, having gotten the positive nod of the voters now four times at the ballot box.   While Putnam County is a Republican-friendly county, prosecutors generally only get two terms before they are forced out by the voters.  Like Barnes, Sorsaia is an accomplished public speaker, one who can break down complex subjects to a level where average citizens can understand--a key talent to have in any Governor.

 

Now, to Bill Maloney's point about these "career politicians."  While some Democratic officeholders may hold that distinction, Maloney is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to this group of Governor's candidates. Let's take a look to see if Maloney is just acting like a politician himself by attempting to label his opposition.

For example, in his day-to-day job, Mitch Carmichael works for Frontier, not the State of West Virginia.  Betty Ireland works for Matrix, a nonprofit in Charleston that encourages economic development.  Larry Faircloth is a realtor in the Eastern Panhandle.  And Clark Barnes is an entrepreneur who has developed a construction company and Hearing Service business across West Virginia. That's where these citizen activists spend their working days. They serve their state on the side out of a hope that they can help make West Virginia better.

Do these folks sound like career politicians?  Or does it sound like Bill Maloney, having no experience beyond drilling, has decided to drill down on everyone else in order to hide his own inadequacies?  That's what insecure people often do.

We report, you decide.

 

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