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A Gubernatorial Snubbing??

October 13, 2008 - Joselyn King
The Northern Panhandle Regional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Wheeling Saturday night brought out political fire power from both West Virginia and Ohio -- two governors (Joe Manchin and Ted Strickland), a U.S. senator (Jay Rockefeller,D-W.Va.), and a congressman (Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio) among others.

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw was there, as was secretary of state candidate Natalie Tennant and state Supreme Court candidate Menis Ketchum.

A number of Ohioans turned out. A group of Ohio Education Association members happily posed for pictures with Strickland.

But I didn't see any West Virginia teachers seeking to stand with Manchin.

"Where was labor?" an Ohio friend in attendance asked me later. "And I didn't see any of the Ohio County commissioners. You would have thought everyone would have turned out for all the people who were there in one room."

I quickly noted that the event was sponsored by the Ohio County Democratic Women's Club, and you didn't see either of the party's co-chairmen -- Shane Mallett or John Saunders -- at the event either.

Yeah, sometimes people just can't make an event for good reasons.

But could it be that the anti-Manchin Democratic faction in the Northern Panhandle was making a statement? Or is that the divisiveness of a contentious primary for the 1st Senate District seat still lingers?

Or is it both?

* As for Sunday's appearance by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in St. Clairsville, I saw a number of Ohio County Republicans in attendance.

In fact, probably a number of Ohio County McCain supporters are finding their way to the GOP office in Belmont County.

Based on phone calls I've been getting, Wheeling-area residents are seeking McCain signs -- and there is no GOP headquarters in Ohio County where they can get them.

I've been sending them to the Belmont County GOP office in St. C, which is next to Riesbecks in Plaza West. Last time I checked though, they were out of the signs.

The exuberance exemplified by the Belmont County GOP and its chairman Kent Moore is likely why the McCain campaign sent Palin to St. C. on Sunday.


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