Alex Mooney tells voters that ‘West Virginia deserves a conservative U.S. Senator’ during campaign stop in Greenbrier County

By Matthew Young, RealWV

FAIRLEA, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Republican Executive Committee, on Friday, hosted United States Senate candidate and current West Virginia Congressman Alex Mooney at a town hall event, ahead of the May 14 primary election. Mooney is one of seven Republicans challenging to be his party’s nominee to succeed the retiring Sen. Joe Manchin. 

“West Virginia deserves a conservative U.S. Senator, you deserve that,” Mooney told those in attendance. “I’m the only one running that’s conservative. This isn’t personal attacks – I won’t get into the personal stuff, but I have had a proven conservative voting record.” 

Mooney, who was first elected to represent West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District in 2014, is the former Chair of the Maryland Republican Party, and served in that state’s Senate from 1999 until 2011. While attending Dartmouth College in the early 1990’s, Mooney unsuccessfully challenged for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. 

“The voters like you who vote in Republican primaries, actually want a conservative,” Mooney said. “You see what’s going on in this world right now, and in this country. And I’ll tell you, as a congressman who has seen it for 10 years, it’s bad.”

“The Democrats think they can tell you how to think, and what you say, and censor you on the internet,” Mooney continued. “They threw Donald Trump off of Twitter. Your free speech – they don’t really think you have free speech, they really don’t. Unless you agree with what they think, of course. It is crazy what I’m seeing, to be honest with you.”

“We threw people out of the military who didn’t want to vaccinate, for example,” Mooney added. “We finally let them back in. We had a bill just recently where you could decide, if you didn’t go to public school, […] there was a West Virginia bill to let you decide what vaccinations to take. Gov. Justice vetoed that bill – he vetoed it. You should decide what vaccine you put in your body and your children, not the government. That’s your decision. I’m all for healthcare freedom.”

The bill which Mooney referred to was HB 5105, which sought to reduce the state’s requirements for childhood vaccinations. Justice vetoed the bill on March 27, citing the belief of the “overwhelming majority” who “believe that this legislation will do irreparable harm by crippling childhood immunity to diseases” as his primary reason for doing so. Of the seven Republican Senate candidates, Justice has remained the consistent frontrunner since announcing his candidacy. 

Mooney spent several moments verbalizing the differences between Justice and himself, noting Justice’s support of both the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan – two bills which Mooney adamantly opposed – as his primary examples. 

“He (Justice) would literally be the most liberal Republican U.S. Senator in the entire country, and you guys don’t deserve that,” Mooney added. “You have a choice here. I voted against all of (President) Biden’s spending bills, and Jim Justice has attacked me for that. In fact, that’s one of the only reasons he’s running against me – because I won’t vote for those spending bills that are bankrupting our country, and, frankly, giving away the keys with your taxpayer dollars to a woke, liberal agenda that Joe Biden is pushing on this country.”

Mooney spoke for approximately 10 minutes before taking questions from those in attendance. Greenbrier County Commission President Tammy Tincher was on-hand, and asked Mooney to explain how, as a resident of Jefferson County, he would effectively represent southern West Virginia. 

“What I found is that every county has a different flavor, and I have to rely on the county leaders to tell me how I can help,” Mooney said. “I represent everyone equally. As a congressman now, I’ve got to be in (Washington) D.C. four days a week, three weeks out of four, voting. I try to get to all of my counties the best I can as a representative. Senator will be the same thing.”

The  town hall’s final question came from District 47 House of Delegates candidate Ray Canterbury.

“The World Health Organization has a pandemic treaty, and currently they’re negotiating amendments,” Canterbury said. “These amendments would include things like the ability to unilaterally declare a pandemic, [and] to declare a response to the pandemic – including mandating national responses.”

“I hope this thing falls apart in negotiation,” Canterbury added. “But [if not], do you think this has to come back to the Senate for ratification? And if not, is there anything we can do to push back on that?”

 In response, Mooney said, “Our national sovereignty should never be subjected to some international treaty.”

“I was proud of Trump when he pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords, which was an environmental extremist-type of organization,” Mooney continued. “We need to make sure we protect our sovereignty as a country, and other countries need to do the same thing. There’s no way I’d vote to ratify a treaty like that.”

Mooney added that such a treaty should be referred to the Senate for ratification, however, he noted that certain political decision-makers are “trying to get clever.”

“To avoid ratification, they’ll try to do it as an agreement, or as a legal contract, or as not a treaty,” Mooney said. “There’s all kinds of clever ways they’ll try to do those things. […] The left is always trying to put together treaties of all kinds, and they will – there’s no doubt – they will come after your 2nd. Amendment rights, they will come after speech codes. But there’s no way we should ratify that.”

“That’s why you need a conservative fighter who believes in traditional values, and the Constitution,” Mooney added. “You couldn’t count on Jim Justice to fight against stuff like that.”

On Saturday, The United States House of Representatives passed several bills, which, in total, will provide nearly $100 billion in foreign aid to the nations of Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine. Mooney was not present to cast a vote.

In addition to Mooney and Justice, the field of Republican Senatorial candidates includes Bryan Bird, Zane Lawhorn, Don Lindsay, Bryan McKinney, and Janet McNulty. Primary Election Day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 14. Voters must be registered either as independent, or a member of a particular political party to vote in that party’s primary election. 

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