[CHARLESTON, W. VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil Roberts issued the following statement today:
“The television ad on the air in West Virginia from the Republican Governor’s Association about Jim Justice demonstrates just how tone deaf these out-of-state special interests are.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jim Justice is the only candidate in this race who understands the coal industry and how to keep miners working. That’s why the UMWA endorsed him and that’s why coal miners and their families are voting for him.
“At a time when miners are being laid off all across our state, Jim Justice runs the only coal company in West Virginia that has put miners back to work and helped put food on their families’ tables. West Virginia coal miners know that; they aren’t going to be fooled by these kind of false attacks.”