(05/22/2018)
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship says he will make another run for the United States Senate.

Blankenship announced Monday he will run as a member of the Constitution Party.

He was more Trumpian that Donald Trump, with Trump not supporting him.

Blankenship carried Calhoun, Roane, Clay and Mingo counties, but lost in the primary to Patrick Morrisey, who won the Republican nomination.

Blankenship says he intends to run an "aggressive campaign."

"The political establishment is determined to keep me—the most anti-establishment candidate in the nation—out of the United States Senate," he said.

Blankenship has contributed millions to WV Republican candidates, in addition to himself.

Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, spent a year in federal prison for violating safety laws after an explosion at one of his mines that killed 29 miners at Upper Big Branch and had faced millions of dollars in safety and environmental fines while at Massey.

Blankenship blamed his loss as an outsider as being a victim of the establishment.


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