After spending a year in prison for conspiring to commit mine safety violations that lead to the deaths of 29 people, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is exploring a run for senate in West Virginia.
“If I could get some momentum, some help, I might have a chance at winning a Republican primary, particularly,” he said in an interview with a West Virginia radio show on Wednesday. “I assume Joe Manchin would love to see me get in the race because he would probably think I would be more easily beatable than the others.”
I mean, probably yeah.
Blankenship, who received an $86 million severance when he left his job (for prison), has been a huge donor to the West Virginia Republican Party and he even paid a crowd of protesters to show up and interrupt Hillary Clinton’s visit to Mingo County, WV in 2016.
There are some complications to Blankenship’s plan for a senate run, including the fact that he doesn’t live in West Virginia anymore. Legal filings before his trial indicated that Blankenship had relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to start a real-estate business.
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