Morrisey Brings His U.S. Senate Campaign to Wheeling

Brooke County Republican Party Chairwoman Becky Deitch listens Thursday to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, during a stop at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Wheeling. Photo by Joselyn King

WHEELING — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said voters need to elect him to the U.S. Senate to help advance the efforts of President Donald Trump, and to keep liberal Democrats from taking control of the Senate.

Morrisey visited the Northern Panhandle on Thursday and stopped for lunch with supporters at Perkins in Wheeling. About a dozen people turned out, including State Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio.

Morrisey told the group it is important to the state and country that he is victorious in unseating Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in the Nov. 6 general election.

“We have a lot of great leaders out there,” he said of Congress. “The key is to all work together as a team to get things done.

“I think the key in the Senate right now is they need to help Trump as he advances his jobs agenda, and as he is nominating all these really good judges,” he said.

Morrisey said the re-election of the Democrat Manchin could lead to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., becoming the next majority leader.

“If liberal Chuck Schumer gets in power…that could mean Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) could be the chair of banking, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) the chair of budget,” Morrisey said. “These are frightening things. The goal is that we can have a team that can help the president out on a jobs agenda, and approve these really good rule-of-law judges,” he said. “That’s my goal.”

D. David Stiles, of Warwood, asked Morrisey which senator he admires most.

Morrisey first said Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who, at age 41, is the youngest member of the Senate. Cotton serves as chairman of both the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy.

“He has done a lot of good work, and is someone I can talk to a lot,” Morrisey said.

Morrisey also has admiration for Sen. Tom Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican member in the Senate.

“He is the guy who pushed the opportunity zone concept in the Trump tax cuts,” Morrisey said. “It is helping impoverished communities….”

Morrisey also pointed out Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., both of whom endorsed his Senate campaign in this year’s primary election.

Morrisey began the day in Charleston, traveled to Wheeling, then planned to travel on to Weirton in the evening.

He said he wasn’t tired from campaigning, but was “fired up” for stops at high-school football games tonight and events over the weekend.

“Lets have fun,” Morrisey told supporters. “We’re all happy warriors here.”


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