Are State Democratic Leaders Afraid of Vice-President Gore's Baggage?

By the West Virginia Republican P... | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - State Republican Chairman DAVID TYSON said there may be a "story behind the story" as to why the State Democratic Party is featuring former national party chairman Don Fowler as the premier speaker for its annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner this weekend.

On the other hand, Tyson said the State Republican Party has already had current National Republican Party Chairman Jim Nicholson in for a Charleston fundraiser, while National Party Co-Chairman Patricia Harrison will be at Tyson's house August 19th for a State Party fundraiser in Huntington.

"I am amazed that the State Democratic Party isn't featuring Vice-President Al Gore as its speaker given that next year is the presidential election, Mrs. Gore has previously been a speaker at their dinner, and both state chairmen are Al Gore's biggest cheerleaders in West Virginia," Tyson said.

"Could it be the Democratic Party is too embarrassed to bring the Vice President into our state because of his extreme environmentalist policies? Are they afraid that if they bring him in they will have to answer questions related to the job-killing positions of the Clinton-Gore Administration?"

Tyson said from global warming, to strict federal surface mining rules, to inaction on the foreign steel dumping crisis and more, the Clinton-Gore administration has proven to be "West Virginia's worst nightmare." Tyson said this puts Democratic leaders in an awkward position with their labor base.

"How can State Democratic leaders tell working West Virginians to vote for Vice-President Gore when his extreme environmental positions would wreak serious havoc on our industrial, manufacturing and coal mining industries and put tens of thousands of West Virginians out of work?"

Meanwhile, Tyson said State Republicans are looking forward to the visit of Co-Chairwoman Harrison on August 19th in Huntington. Together with National Chairman Nicholson, the two are aggressively working with state party leaders to prepare them well in advance of next year's election cycle.

"There is a lot of excitement in the Republican Party for the 2000 election," Tyson said. "For the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was President, we will be electing a Republican President to work with the Republican Majorities in Congress on policies that move America forward into the new century."

"This includes lower taxes, especially when the GOP Congress is successful in passing its ten-year $792 billion tax cut package. Bill Clinton and Al Gore want to spend the budget surplus on bigger government; Republicans want to give 25 percent of it back to taxpayers, save Social Security and Medicare and reduce the national debt."

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