Mooney hits McKinley with negative ads | News, Sports, Jobs
CHARLESTON – With the candidacy season for the 2022 election set to begin in 28 days, U.S. Representative Alex Mooney is already on the air and on YouTube with ads attacking fellow Republican David McKinley over his vote for infrastructure .
Mooney, representing the current 2nd Congressional District which spans Jefferson County in the east and Mason County in the west, challenges Congressman from 1st District McKinley in the 2022 Republican primary of represent the new 2nd district which combines most of their current two districts.
Starting with Thanksgiving week, the Mooney campaign ran two video ads that ran at the start of the YouTube videos.
A seven-second silent ad promotes former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Mooney in the 2022 contest.
The other video, which includes a 15-second and 30-second version, attacks McKinley for being one of 13 Republicans in the United States House of Representatives who voted in favor of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in November. , also known as Bipartite Infrastructure. Framework. The video accuses McKinley of being an In Name Only Republican, a RINO.
“It was a bill that no Tory would support, but David McKinley did,” said the narrator of the video.
President Joe Biden’s trillion dollar spending spree was dead until McKinley resurrected her, joining 12 RINO Republicans to spend billions on (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi’s socialist agenda , contributing to record inflation for American workers, businesses and familiesâ¦ RINO David McKinley voted with the left and sold us out.
The Mooney campaign also paid to run the local television commercials in the Wheeling Market.
According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the ads began airing last week and will continue until the end of 2021, costing more than $ 18,000 for the four-week period.
“Congressman Mooney is proud to have fought against Biden’s reckless Liberal spending bill,” said Teemu Garrity, campaign manager for Mooney for Congress. “We think voters deserve to know that Alex Mooney is backed by President Trump while McKinley votes for Liberal bills.”
Kevin Stephens, campaign manager for the McKinley campaign, accused Mooney of twisting McKinley’s voting record. According to FiveThirtyEight, McKinley voted in line with Trump’s positions between 2017 and 2020 92% of the time, while Mooney voted with Trump 86.7% of the time.
“It’s a shame that our opponent has already started to mislead negative attacks” said Stephens. “It’s clear he wants to distract voters from the fact that McKinley has a better voting record with Trump than he does and a proven record of conservative victories for our miners, veterans and the people of West Virginia.”
The BIF package of hard infrastructure projects represents $ 1.2 trillion over eight years with $ 550 billion in new infrastructure spending. Traditional infrastructure projects include a host of transportation, water and wastewater, clean energy and broadband expansion projects. The bill is paid with unused COVID-19 relief dollars and additional fees and sources of revenue.
West Virginia is expected to receive up to $ 6 billion in BIF over the next five years for highway and bridge projects, water and sanitation infrastructure, flood resistance, broadband expansion and the clean-up of abandoned mines.
The BIF is a separate bill from another multibillion-dollar bill currently being negotiated in the United States Senate. President Biden’s Build Back Better passed House 220-213 on November 20 with McKinley, Mooney and 3rd District U.S. Representative Carol Miller voting no.
The nearly $ 2 trillion bill includes billions of dollars in funding for multiple social spending priorities, including universal preschool for ages 3 and up, child care and paid family leave, child care. health and senior care and affordable housing. The bill would allow the government to negotiate better prices for prescription drugs paid for by Medicare and cap insulin at $ 35.
According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate requested by Republican U.S. senators released last week, the price of the Build Back Better Act could add $ 3 trillion to the national debt between 2022 and 2031 if the bill’s temporary programs become permanent. .
“President Biden appears less concerned with what impacts the people of West Virginia on a daily basis and more concerned with spending on liberal legacy,” Garrity said. âAlex Mooney will continue to stick to his Conservative principles and vote against outrageous spending in Washington, DC. It’s not just partisan politics as David McKinley said; he is fighting for the future of our country.
Mark Blankenship Enterprises published a poll, conducted the week of November 7, with 702 respondents showing their support for the role of US Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito in shaping the BIF package. According to the poll, 45% said they strongly supported Manchin, a Democrat, and Capito, a Republican, for their bipartisan work on the infrastructure bill, while 32% supported him somewhat.
In the first week of December, the US Chamber of Commerce and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce released the results of a poll showing opposition to Build Back Better. The poll, conducted by North Star Opinion Research between November 19 and 23 of 500 respondents, found that 62% of respondents said the Build Back Better Act was unnecessary.
Another poll, published by Remington Research Group of 1,145 likely voters in West Virginia between December 8 and 9, found that 53% of those polled strongly oppose Build Back Better and 6% oppose it. somewhat. Only 28% strongly support the Build Back Better Act, and 9% support it somewhat.
According to Mooney’s latest quarterly campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission dated October 7, Mooney has $ 2.6 million in cash for the 2022 election, raising more than $ 174,000 between July and September. McKinley has over $ 628,000 in cash on hand, raising over $ 170,000 for the quarter.
The nomination period for state and federal races in West Virginia begins January 10 and ends at midnight January 29.
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