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Several ironies contained in Tuesday’s midterm election

November 12, 2018

As with any election, last Tuesday’ midterm election contained a few ironies.

The biggest irony involved Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, who made history by becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of a U.S. state. A five-term member of Congress, Polis, a Democrat, beat his Republican rival Walter Stapleton by six points. The irony came with the realization that the guy who refused to bake a cake for two gays who wanted it as a wedding cake lives in Colorado. Wonder what he’s thinking these days?

I found the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives good news. Equally good news was the more than 100 women who won seats in the House, easily shattering the record. Overwhelmingly they were Democrats who helped the party take control of the House. Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. For women, this election was a record breaker for women.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I wouldn’t mind if the entire government was composed of women. But not if they are like Carol Miller.

Miller, called a “country-club Republican” by the Huffington Post, beat a pro-coal populist Democrat, Richard Ojeda, in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District. Ojeda demanded tax hikes on the gas industry, while Miller is obviously solidly behind the gas industry and its growing power in the state.

Miller would not debate Ojeda. Once when WSAZ wanted to interview her, she refused. No one knows where she spent her campaign time. Governor Jim Justice said he was responsible for her win by campaigning for her in the southern counties. A friend said the only time he saw Miller was in the Marshall Stadium skyboxes with the rich folks. She clings to President Trump, who picked her out of the crowd on his campaign visits to West Virginia.

In her early campaigning, Miller vowed to keep Muslims and their sharia law out of West Virginia. She sees sharia law as a threat to mountain culture? Amazing. Simply amazing. All she is likely to do is drive some of our finest Islamic physicians out of Huntington and Charleston.

Then there is the strange case of Evan Jenkins.

Jenkins is serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. He has served as a U.S. Representative from West Virginia from 2015 to earlier this year. He is a Republican, having switched his party affiliation from Democrat in 2013. Jenkins was a member of the West Virginia Senate from the 5th District, which contains Cabell County and a small portion of Wayne County. He was in the West Virginia Legislature but gave up his seat to run in the 2014 congressional election, defeating incumbent Democrat House of Representatives member Nick Rahall.

Jenkins was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2018 primary, losing to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

On Sept. 30,2018, Jenkins resigned from Congress, after having been appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. He won an extension of his Supreme Court seat in last week’s election.

I predict he will not be satisfied with a seat on the court. Not enough publicity. He’ll run for some political job that gives him headlines, Just wait and see.

Dave Peyton Is on Facebook. His email address Is davepey-ton@comcast.net.

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