Create Pro-W.Va. Team in Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s visit to Wheeling on Monday was one more reminder of the importance of electing Rep. Shelley Capito to the Senate.

McConnell, R-Ky., and Capito, R-W.Va., are kindred souls politically. Both have conservative philosophies, of course.

But a more obvious connection, geography, is important, too. McConnell’s home state and its residents have much in common with many West Virginians. Issues significant to them are important to us, too.

Coal and reasonably priced electricity are high on the list of concerns for Mountain State residents as well as for Kentuckians. Both Capito and McConnell reflect that in their legislative priorities.

There are more similarities, including the fact that many of McConnell’s constituents are from small cities and rural areas, just like Capito’s.

So, when the two met in Wheeling, their private discussion no doubt focused not on what to do – saving our states and tens of millions of Americans like us from the assault by President Barack Obama’s administration – but on how to accomplish it.

Electing Capito to the Senate would be a big step forward. Again, her record in the House of Representatives demonstrates her commitment to West Virginians and our interests.

Contrast that with the Democrat candidate for the Senate, Natalie Tennant. Though she claims to be a defender of the Mountain State, her record is persuasive evidence to the contrary. She has been an outspoken supporter of President Barack Obama, first in 2008 when he was running for the highest office in the land.

But then, in 2012 – after Obama’s war on coal and reasonably priced electricity was in full swing – Tennant supported him again.

Perhaps even more distressing is her refusal to say that, if elected, she would vote against keeping Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as Senate majority leader. Reid has been Obama’s servant in the Senate, pushing all his initiatives.

McConnell and Capito can be an effective team working for our interests in the Senate.

Tennant and Reid? No so much.

Not much at all, in fact.