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Several things Thompson has failed to do for miners

August 11, 2014
Marietta Times

I would like to address a recent letter supporting Andy Thompson. The writer states no one has stood up for coal more than Thompson, but fails to mention anything he has done. I can tell you several things Thompson failed to do for local coal miners. First, he failed to show up when Harrison County was fighting to hold on to our Mine Training center in Cadiz. Just like Ormet, Harrison County was in Thompson's district when this fight was going on. And just like Ormet, Andy Thompson was a no-show. Senator Lou Gentile was there leading the fight along with Jack Cera from the neighboring district along the river. What about the UMWA rally protesting the EPA's overregulation on July 31? There were over 7,000 supporters in attendance. Thompson was a no-show again. What about the rally for fairness for the miners at Patriot? Again, Thompson was a no-show. What about showing up and talking to our members about our concerns? Again, Thompson was a no-show. What about for endorsement from our local coal miners? Yes, again, a no-show. It takes more than cashing checks from coal barons to stand up for coal. I can tell you one person that was there every time; at Ormet, the rally protesting the EPA's overregulation, the Patriot Rally, and is a certified Underground Miner himself that faced the EPA's overregulation in the late 70s and early 80s costing him his future in the coal industry, and has a family history of over 100 years mining coal in Belmont County. That person is our endorsed candidate, Charlie Daniels. In 2010, Daniels, on his own, was in Washington D.C. fighting for Ohio energy jobs and standing up against unfair trade deals with China and Mexico. While before even considering running for office, Daniels was fighting harder for our local workers than most elected politicians. I know who I am trusting with my family's future, the guy that shows up.



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