By Ron Gregory
This week, we will look into the crystal ball and discuss, in advance, the results of the May 13 primary balloting in West Virginia.
In years past, this was a bit easier to do since the precinct captains and bosses already knew the winners well before the election. Nowadays, it is a bit tougher. Readers are asked to keep in mind that this column is submitted on Sunday, so no insight into election night is already in hand. Well, at least no results are already in my hands.
Calling a winner in election contests does not necessarily mean I am for the candidate I say will win. It means only, in my considered opinion, that the winner will finish first. I may well be for the loser. Also, keep in mind that the newspapers in which this column appear do not necessarily agree with my take on the results. They likely think I am a bit insane, actually. Despite their (and your) conclusions, I still insist I have had numerous hearings and nobody has been able to prove I’m nutty yet.
… There’s no doubt, of course, that Democrat Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will win their nominations for U.S. Senate to replace New York Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Regardless of the ultimate winner this fall, West Virginia will have two U.S. senators for the first time in recent memory.
For Congress in the Second District, I think the Republican winner will be Steve Harrison of Kanawha County, although Charlotte Lane and Alex Mooney have a shot. Actually, with as many candidates as there are, anybody could win. I do believe Harrison will, however. The Democrat nominated to replace Capito will be Charleston attorney and all-round good guy, Nick Casey. Casey has a leg up on winning regardless, but he will be the heavy favorite if Mooney wins the GOP nomination.
In the Third District, incumbent Democrat Congressman Nick Rahall, who takes constituent services to the highest level, will easily defeat his opponent.
In House of Delegates races of interest, I believe incumbents Josh Barker and Jeff Eldridge will win their Democrat primary. Justin Marcum and Harry Keith White will win. Former Del. Ralph Rodigherio is a winner in his district with Ted Tomblin second.
… To the lady who called me about the Dingess paving projects, I, the most bumbling cell phone/computer user known to man, lost your phone number. Please call me again.
And could anyone explain why the Mingo County Commission Facebook account was recently changed from “closed” to “open?” Surely not because the election is at hand. And how does being the county grant writer job include Leigh Ann Ray being Facebook administrator anyway?
… Hats off to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who has gone to bat for those children in Mingo County who have been abused and misused. Simply put, the AG said “enough.” Under his predecessor, I reported on misconduct in Lincoln County by coaches; testimony was given as to what the coaches did to their student/athletes; and nothing ever happened.
Morrisey deserves a gold star for standing up for principle and not allowing school officials and law enforcement to keep sweeping these things under the rug.
Remember, this is the same county where federal prosecutors have reported in multiple informations and pleadings that state crimes have been committed by various public officials and others. Yet, the appointed prosecutor does no more about it than her predecessor, the disgraced Michael Sparks, did. Crimes were committed; where are the indictments? Thank God for Attorney General Morrisey.
… I spent an evening over the weekend with Kanawha County Republicans. Let it be known that I would have preferred the Ignite Conference. At least, every word said at the latter was not an attempt to spin Scripture to advocate the election of Republicans.
Seriously, however, it was an enjoyable evening and I was, to say the least, entertained by the speaker. It was good to see so many of my old friends from the state party and I liked the enthusiasm shown by the GOP. All I can say is, “halleylooooooyah!”
… Speaking of Tennant, she is urging people to vote and to report any possible election law violations they witness. Nobody knows what she would possibly do about them, but report them anyway. It will make you feel better as a human being.
… I hope to spend election evening in Mingo County, the sun and fun capital of the world. Since nothing else I have experienced in Mingo County is like anything I’ve ever seen before, I expect it to be educational and uplifting. Can we all say, “halleyloooooyah!”
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