WV Senate Candidate Attacks McConnell's 'China Family' In New Ad

Former energy company CEO Don Blankenship was one of three candidates to participate in a Republican Senate debate in West Virginia

Trump was referring to December's special election where Republican Roy Moore won the GOP primary and was then defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.

Blankenship filed for the Senate seat after serving prison time for a misdemeanor conviction of violating federal mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, where an explosion in 2010 killed 29 men.

McConnell's wife is U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents are originally from China.

In fact, polls now suggest Blankenship, who doesn't even live in West Virginia, may be tied or leading.

For weeks, Morrisey aimed most of his attacks at another primary opponent, GOP Rep. Evan Jenkins, but refocused his attention on Blankenship this weekend, with the press conference Sunday and a robo-call Saturday.

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According to the Blankenship campaign, the candidate has already spoken to his probation officer, who wasn't concerned about the financial disclosure.

The Blankenship ad also has the potential of turning away potential swing voters to the Republican Party more broadly, Law said. "I've been accustomed to dealing with the government bureaucracy, rather than creating it so I have a whole different perspective", said Don Blankenship, (R) Candidate for U.S. Senate. "People need to be coming to West Virginia for the right reasons". "They are calling me a bigot, a moron, a despicable character, and mentally ill". In April, GOP strategists launched Mountain Families PAC, investing in six-figure television advertisement buys. Her father later founded a successful shipping company in NY.

"I'm actually considering moving to China or somewhere and being more like George Washington, you know", Blankenship said in the 2009 recorded phone call, which was used as evidence in his criminal trial. We have worked closely with the President.

Blankenship claimed Chao has strong business ties to China, but Rove said the 90-year-old's company - Foremost Group - is an American shipping firm based in New York City. "They will also not vote for Little Joe (Jenkins) who has been in public office for two decades yet oversees the Congressional district that leads the nation in drug overdose deaths and which is last in economic opportunity".

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted Thursday that he thinks a Blankenship nomination guarantees another Manchin term.

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