Natalie Tennant, who is running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, works hard to portray herself as a defender of Mountain State values and interests. But if her stances on the issues can be gauged by the company she keeps, Tennant is growing out of touch.
Many voters already are aware that Tennant, who is secretary of state, worked hard to ensure Barack Obama would be elected president in 2008, then re-elected in 2012. Hoping voters will ignore the fact her 2012 support occurred long after Obama's war on coal began, Tennant insists she is a defender of the coal industry.
That has not stopped her from embracing help from some of the president's staunchest supporters in the war against coal. Last weekend, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio hosted a fundraiser for Tennant. Brown, a fellow Democrat, has voted consistently against his state's best interests where the Environmental Protection Agency is concerned.
Obama's chief ally in the attempt to drive electricity prices up by shuttering coal-fired power plants has been Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Reid apparently thinks Tennant is a kindred soul politically - because his leadership PAC contributed $10,000 to her campaign.
Tennant found a strange way of courting West Virginia voters this week, through a fundraiser in California. It was hosted by Progressive Women of Silicon Valley and Emily's List.
Emily's List is the top supporter in the country of "pro-choice" candidates. Here in the Mountain State, we understand that translates to attempting to ensure Congress is packed with pro-abortion lawmakers. The organization has been among Tennant's most important financial supporters.
Senate candidates often receive support from out-of-state people and organizations. But those backing Tennant have clear agendas, including destruction of the coal industry and abortion "rights." Such philosophies do not reflect the West Virginia values Tennant assures voters she supports.