Manchin Is Worse Than We Thought

“For ME?!”
Joe Manchin’s demands must be met!

Guys, it’s not like we need another reason to hate Coal Lieberman, er, Joe Manchin, but if you do, this long article in Yahoo is the ticket: Manchin’s Coal Corruption Is So Much Worse Than You Knew

Here’s a taste:

The truth is, Manchin is best understood as a grifter from the ancestral home of King Coal. He is a man with coal dust in his veins who has used his political skills to enrich himself, not the people of his state. He drives an Italian-made Maserati, lives on a houseboat on the Potomac River when he is in D.C., pals around with corporate CEOs, and has a net worth of as much as $12 million. More to the point, his wealth has been accumulated through controversial coal-related businesses in his home state, including using his political muscle to keep open the dirtiest coal plant in West Virginia, which paid him nearly $5 million over the past decade in fees for coal handling, as well as costing West Virginia electricity consumers tens of millions of dollars in higher electricity rates (more about the details of this in a moment). Virginia Canter, who was ethics counsel to Presidents Obama and Clinton, unabashedly calls Manchin’s business operations “a grift.” To Canter, Manchin’s corruption is even more offensive than Donald Trump’s. “With Trump, the corruption was discretionary — you could choose to pay thousands of dollars to host an event at Mar-a-Lago or not,” Canter tells me. In contrast, Manchin is effectively taking money right out of the pockets of West Virginians when they pay their electric bills. They have no say in it. “It’s one of the most egregious conflicts of interest I’ve ever seen.”

Long read, I’m not that far into it this lunch and so probably will save the second half for later. But I though you guys might like a peek.

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4 Responses to Manchin Is Worse Than We Thought

  1. Redhand says:

    Hum, a completely corrupt piece of shit is even more corrupt than we thought.

    I guess $12M Amerios are not enough to ensure him a comfortable retirement. I find him as loathsome as some of the worst Repubs in the Senate.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    So after months of getting shivved by him someone in the D party decided to hit back.

    About fucking time. Now maybe he’ll play ball, crooked as can be but at least he’ll be playing our game.

    Shoulda done that back when he first started moving the goalposts.

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  3. revzafod says:

    From a WV paper:
    https://www.timeswv.com/news/local_news/sen-joe-manchins-boat-too-homely-to-be-a-yacht-experts-say/article_9bbf5ae0-65a2-11ec-ac11-1bacb9aba291.html

    Sen. Joe Manchin’s boat too homely to be a yacht, experts say…

    “Fickett says Almost Heaven has all the charm of a container ship. Others interviewed for this article describe the boat as “a shoe box,” “a double-wide” and “a point at one end filled with stuff.” Marine surveyor (appraiser) Dylan Bailey, whose family has built steel boats in Virginia for decades, dismisses Manchin’s boat as “hideous.””

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  4. schmice3 says:

    His pharma daughter is also worth millions.

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