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Sunday, May 22, 2005

WV GOP picks mudslinger to replace dirty official

From the Charleston Gazette:
Capehart is a Wheeling lawyer who served as Gov. Cecil Underwood’s secretary of tax and revenue. In that position, he pushed unsuccessfully for sweeping reform of the state’s tax system.

In 2004, he ran a low-budget, ideas-driven campaign to represent Republicans in the governor’s race. He came in third, behind winner Monty Warner and Mingo County businessman Dan Moore.

Kris Warner was accused of using party resources to help his brother’s cause, a charge that continued to haunt him through the November election and beyond.

After the election, Warner fired popular Executive Director Gary Abernathy. Donations to the party dried up. Prominent Republicans began to call for Warner to resign.

Warner did resign earlier this month. On his way out, he billed the party for more than $24,000 in expenses under the names of his business and his wife. The party faces a debt of more than $200,000.

While Warner was attracting criticism for his role in his brother’s campaign, Capehart was running the successful but controversial campaign to unseat former state Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw and replace him with a relative unknown, Charleston lawyer Brent Benjamin.

Brent Benjamin's campaign was considered one of the nastiest in the nation in a campaign season when the GOP made dirty tricks their standard operating procedure. Now the man who ran Benjamin's mudslinging campaign is the state chairman. Look for more foul play in the future from this group.


At Sunday, May 22, 2005 11:01:00 PM, Blogger ROMA said...

Isn't that great. That's all we need is continued campaigns like the one waged against Judge Mcgraw.


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