Editorial: Raese's Return to Political Stump a Healthy Sign for State's Two-Party System

HNN Staff
Editorial:  Raese's Return to Political Stump a Healthy Sign for State's Two-Party System

Last year, Greer Industries CEO John Raese gave Joe Manchin all he could handle in one of the country's most exciting U.S. Senate contests. We understand that Raese was back speaking to Tea Party friends in Eastern West Virginia recently.  Such activists gave Raese's candidacy a serious push in 2010.  

Following last year's race, Raese said that he was heading back to his several businesses under the Greer umbrella, which includes Greer Limestone, Greer Steel, and West Virginia Radio Corporation.  Raese has headed up his family's successful collection of businesses for over three decades, and they have done remarkably well during his tenure. This, in a state that is not known for being business-friendly.  All told, Raese employs about 1,000 people, making Greer Industries one of the largest business entities--and biggest taxpayers--in the state.

Raese's return to the political sphere is a positive sign for all those West Virginians who realize that an accountable two-party system is vital if the Mountain State is ever to move forward economically.

As we saw in the recent GOP primary for Governor, the Republicans have a rising cadre of bright lights, intelligent officeholders and others who are able to articulate conservative business and social principles to the state's voters.  State Senator Clark Barnes (R-Randolph), Delegate Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson), and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia (R-Putnam), along with GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Maloney, former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, former Delegate Larry Faircloth, and WVU Philosophy Professor Bill Clark all championed conservative solutions to what ails the state in the recent primary.

Raese shares this with them and has an enduring appeal. The former GOP State Chairman has a unique ability to cut through the clutter of the day's news and go directly to the heart of the matter, whether it's job creation, less taxes, or standing up to an increasingly encroaching federal government.

In short, people always know where Raese stands, which is just the opposite of our experience thus far with Manchin in D.C.  Anyone concerned about the state and national economy, along with the size of government, shares common cause with Raese, whether they are Republicans, conservative Democrats, or Independents.  He has cultivated thousands of such friends over the years across the state.

John Raese mines limestone, but his political mettle is made of flint.  We are glad that he has added his voice back into the public discussion and look forward to hearing more from him in the days ahead.  Our state's entrepreneurs deserve the encouragement of one of their own, allowing all of them to help West Virginia catch up with the business climates in neighboring states.

For more information on the history of Greer Industries, go to:  www.greerindustries.com




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