It has been reported by the New York Post that the Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin endorsed Republican Rep. David McKinley in West Virginia, defending him against accusations that he supported President Biden’s Build Back Better social spending package that Manchin blocked.
Rep. Alex Mooney, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump, has accused McKinley of effectively laying the foundation for Build Back Better when he voted to approve the $1.2 billion infrastructure bill that provided funds for roads, bridges, airports and broadband.
“I’ve always said if I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it. And that’s why I opposed Build Back Better,” Manchin says in the 30-second ad released over the weekend before the May 10 primary election.
”For Alex Mooney and his out-of-state supporters to suggest David McKinley supported Build Back Better is an outright lie,” the senator continued.
ConservativeBrief went on to report that “David McKinley has always opposed reckless spending, because it doesn’t make sense for West Virginia.
“Alex Mooney has proven he’s all about Alex Mooney. West Virginians know David McKinley is all about us,” he said.
But Mooney used the endorsement to label his opponent as a RINO (Republican In Name Only.).
“Further proof David McKinley is a complete and total RINO. Democrat Joe Manchin is endorsing him,” he said.
But McKinley’s campaign praised the endorsement.
“Joe Manchin knows that I’ve always fought wasteful spending and opposed liberal policies that don’t work for West Virginians,” he said.
But going against the Democrat grain has worked well for the West Virginia senator so far.
As his party has moved further left in recent years, Manchin has refused to follow, choosing to follow a centrist course instead that is frustrating Democrats as they seek to take full advantage of their congressional majority with President Joe Biden in the White House — and as one survey after another suggests the party is going to suffer badly at the polls in November.
But it’s a political course that is a winner back home, as Newsmax reports:
A Morning Consult poll reveals Senator Manchin posted a job-satisfaction rate of 57% for the first quarter of 2022 — a 17% increase from last year’s survey covering the same timeline.