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Election 2010: Captured Moments
September 18, 2010 - Joselyn King
** Perhaps it's best to ask his current boss whether Democratic congressional candidate Mike Oliverio is likely to take direction from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if elected.
West Virginia Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, D-Logan -- during a recent stop in Weirton -- weighed in on whether he thought current state Sen. Oliverio, D-Monongalia, always would go along with House leadership in Washington.
"Hell, no," Tomblin commented. "But maybe I should put it in a different way.
"MIke's a team player, but he does have his days. When he believes strongly against something, he speaks his mind."
Oliverio is seeking West Virginia's 1st District House seat.
** His opponent, Republican David McKinley of Wheeling, gushed over a special guest at the recent opening of his campaign office in Elm Grove -- and it wasn't U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., a House GOP leader who was present for the occasion.
McKinley's newborn grandson Louis took center stage. He is the son of McKinley's son, Bennett, and McKinley said he is the ninth generation McKinley to live in Wheeling.
Pence remarked that young Louis "was the youngest Republican in Ohio County."
** Charles Schlegel, a Republican candidate for West Virginia Senate in the 1st District, seemingly made a good impression with those attending a candidate forum on Wheeling Island -- most notably by saying he likely would vote for his Democratic opponent, current Delegate Orphy Klempa, D-Ohio, in the general election.
"I told Orphy the day after the primary election that I had voted for him in the past two elections -- and that it was likely I would do so again," Schlegel remarked.
A member of the Ohio Republican Executive Committee, said he had thought Klempa the better candidate over his opponents. Schlegel said he especially liked Klempa's position that the speed limit on Interstate 70 in Ohio County did not need to be lowered from 55 mph, and that it just needed to be enforced.
Schlegel did express a desire to go to Charleston, even if it was just for the opportunity "to get into the business of legislators who want to get into my business." He indicated his frustration with laws placed upon him as a chef and owner of a restaurant in Wheeling.
He admitted he filed to run for the Senate seat only after local Republicans failed to find what they thought was a strong candidate to run on the ticket under McKinley's name. Even after Delegate Pat McGeehan, D-Hancock, filed, Republicans in Brooke and Hancock counties still thought Schlegel should stay in the race, he said.
At least one elected Democratic office holder present admitted to being impressed by Schlegel's comments. "He seems honest and truthful," the office holder said.
Said another Republican candidate at the forum: "He could just get lucky and win this."
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