Have more urgent questions that are not listed below? Please add them in the comments.
Open letter to Cenk Uygur
I’m a West Virginia progressive running for state office, and I’m super excited about Paula Jean Swearengin‘s campaign to be our US senator: WV deserves better, far better, than Senator Joe Manchin. So it was with great interest this morning that I saw Manchin had requested you all at TYT interview him. I understand you’ve scheduled an interview for Tuesday, July 11. As a West Virginian, I’d like to suggest some possible questions—things about which West Virginians deserve to hear answers—REAL answers…
I know you’ll be asking him about things like the $15 minimum. I’m hopeful you’ll also be able to call him out on the way he’s failed West Virginians so terribly. I’m writing because you can try to hold his feet to the fire in a way we can’t. I’ve been to Manchin town halls, but in that setting no one person can really spend two hours pressing him individually, demanding answers rather than his usual deflections. That means Manchin can simply sidestep or give non-answers and move on to the next person.
We deserve real representation. I’m sick unto death of having our representatives stand up for industry, but not for people.
Here are my 12 urgent questions for Manchin:
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure West Virginians don’t pay disproportionate costs. She wants to make sure companies are paying their fair share.
Paula Jean Swearengin understands the necessity of access to clean water.
Paula Jean Swearengin is not taking money from SuperPACs.
Paula Jean Swearengin will be standing up for West Virginia voters, not big donors.
Paula Jean Swearengin won’t be bought by big pharma; she’s going to actually fight the opioid addiction crisis here in WV.
Paula Jean Swearengin is the daughter of a coal miner who understands that there’s actually a corporate War on Miners—and she’s going to fight to protect our communities from Coal Barons.
Paula Jean Swearengin has been fighting for clean water for years. In fact, she’s been fighting Manchin for clean water for years.
Paula Jean Swearengin will work to make sure we can transition to renewables so hard-working miners and gas-oil workers will have access to good jobs and a bright future in our small towns and rural communities.
Paula Jean Swearengin understands that we don’t have to trade our safety for good jobs, and she is out here talking to—and fighting for—the people who live here.
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure this can never happen again, not to coal miners—not to anyone.
Paula Jean Swearengin knows miners have powered our country with their blood and lives. She wants to make sure it’s more expensive for companies to ignore safety regulations and put miners at risk than it is to pay token safety fines and put workers and communities at risk.
Paula Jean Swearengin knows what 99% of us live like; she understands the struggle. She understands that the system is rigged to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich, and she’s going to fight to make sure our properties are protected.
Paula Jean Swearengin wants to make sure West Virginians aren’t poisoned or driven out of their homes by greedy corporate executives who are willing to inflict risks on others, but not in their own communities.
I really want someone to actually stand up for the people who live here, so those are my baker’s dozen questions. They’re the concerns of the folks who actually live out here in the area Manchin is claiming to represent. Yes, these are the concerns of my rural, red district, too. It’s not Manchin’s job, by the way, to find a middle ground or compromise between what’s good for citizens and what’s good for industry. It’s his job to represent citizens. PERIOD. We need business and industry, of course. But we’re not here to be sacrificed to the corporate bottom line so Manchin can pocket campaign donations. That’s just not what we hired him to do
So ask Manchin… why in the world would West Virginia be interested in having him as our senator rather than Paula Jean Swearengin? Paula Jean 2018! She’ll actually represent US.
Holler from the Hollers!
West Virginians… do you have any other questions for Manchin? Please add them in the comments below. I can’t promise Cenk will ask them, but fingers crossed he’ll hear us hollering!