HNN Staff
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:






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.