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Signaling total disregard for its workers, the United Mine Workers of America Union (UMWA) endorsed two Democrats over Republican rivals in upcoming Senate races in coal dependent states.
It’s not a total surprise. Following Obama’s declaration of war against coal in 2008, the UMWA endorsed Obama during his first campaign. After observing Obama’s attack against its members, the UMWA decided to remain neutral and failed to endorse either Obama or Mitt Romney.
Now with the coal industry in a free-fall, the UMWA is seeking to keep Senate Democrats in power.
The UMWA backed West Virginia Secretary of State Democrat Natalie Tennant over Republican Representative Shelly Moore Capito for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). In Kentucky, the union endorsed Secretary of State Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes over Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.