Morrisey attacks Blankenship ahead of GOP Senate primary in W.Va.: ‘Laws exist for a reason’

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican Senate candidate, on Sunday criticized Republican primary opponent Don Blankenship, saying the former mining CEO has not filed a personal financial disclosure form as mandated by the Ethics in Government Act.

“Laws exist for a reason,” Morrisey said in a statement. “There are no exceptions or waivers for a rich coal baron who has already been found guilty of conspiring to violate mine standards.”

According to Morrisey, all of the candidates except Blankenship — who spent a year in prison after being convicted of conspiring to violate mining rules following a fatal mine explosion — have filed personal disclosure forms.


Morrisey also said that his campaign will be informing Blankenship’s parole officer that Blankenship is refusing to comply with federal laws and thus violating the terms of his release.

Blankenship has recently been surging in the race, triggering establishment Republicans to make a hard push against his nomination for fear that he would be unable to beat the likely Democratic nominee, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wins GOP gubernatorial primary MORE (D-W.Va).

“His biggest supporter is Senator Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE [D-N.Y.],” Morrisey said on Sunday, referring to the Senate minority leader. “Don would be the top recruit of Chuck Schumer this cycle because he hands the election to Joe Manchin.”

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The West Virginia primary elections will take place on Tuesday.

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