I write that to put in perspective the email Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti sent to Mike Browning of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's office about President Clinton's planned visit to Logan on Sunday.
While we appreciate all that you and Senator Manchin's office have done for the City Of Logan over the years we must make the following statement:
Democrats have lost every single presidential election in West Virginia since Al Gore chose to run his anti-coal campaign in 2000.Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town. Mrs. Clinton's anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point. The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough. We wish them the best in their campaign, however we again state they are not welcome on our city properties. We hope that you will respectfully consider NOT visiting our community. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, 304-687-4002. I am writing this on behalf of the City Of Logan.
It has been all downhill since then.
All three congressmen now are Republicans. In 2014, the state elected its first Republican U.S., senator in 56 years. the state Legislature flipped from Democrat to Republican for the first time in 82 years.
"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business," Hillary Clinton said while campaigning in Ohio on March 13.
By the way, one of the proudest moments in West Virginia history was when JFK won the state's primary despite being Catholic.
Logan welcomed him.
Of course, he wasn't trying to kill coal.