Ex-coal magnate Blankenship jabs at Jenkins, Manchin

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship walks out of the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse after the jury deliberated for a fifth full day in his trial in Charleston, W.Va. Blankenship, who went to prison after a mine explosion, plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a spokesman said Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an interview about running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is jabbing at incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.
Blankenship, whose filing was received Friday, is running as a Republican, like Jenkins and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
He tells WVVA-TV he’s “fed up” with people like Manchin and Jenkins, saying they make promises and do nothing.
He and Manchin have feuded for years, especially over his responsibility for Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in southern West Virginia, where 29 men died.
The 67-year-old Blankenship served one year in federal prison convicted of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards.
He says he’s not at fault.
Asked if he’s running to win, he says, “We’ll see.”
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Information from: WVVA-TV, http://www.wvva.com