TRIANGLE, VA - The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that the National Council of the Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) voted unanimously to endorse Gov. Joe Manchin (D) for election to the West Virginia U. S. Senate seat held previously by Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
“While no one can ever fill the void in coal miners’ hearts that the passing of Sen. Byrd has left, we believe that Gov. Manchin is by far the best candidate for election to this seat,” UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said.
“Like Sen. Byrd, Gov. Manchin comes from a coal family,” Roberts said. “He knows personally how it feels to lose a loved one in the mines. He has been a strong and consistent advocate for better mine health and safety from the day he took office as governor, and has shown strong leadership in dealing with multiple tragedies that have occurred at nonunion mines in West Virginia over the last four years.
“Gov. Manchin is also an outspoken advocate for not just maintaining good jobs in West Virginia, but creating new ones,” Roberts said. “Working families in our state and across the country need a strong voice speaking out for keeping America’s jobs in America. Joe Manchin will do that, and we are very pleased to endorse him for the U.S. Senate.”