WCHS: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to run for U.S. Senate

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | November 29, 2017
Eyewitness News is reporting that former Massey Energy chief executive officer Don Blankenship plans to run for U.S. Senate.
Blankenship filed his federal election official papers Tuesday. He will be running as a Republican.
He is one of the most well-known figures in West Virginia and has continued to push for a full investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in 2010. Blankenship contends the Mine Safety and Health Administration caused the blast after it reduced the ventilation air flow through the mine.
Blankenship has been a long-time critic of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Republican candidates include state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Congressman Even Jenkins and former coal miner Bo Copley.

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