Fair campaign practices? | Journal-news


Gary Dungan

Harper’s Ferry

The West Virginia Code of Fair Campaign Practices states, “I will not use or permit the use of character defamation, whisper campaigns, libel, slander, or slanderous attacks against any candidate or his personal or family life.”

Congressional candidate David McKinley had to ignore this code since he is violating every aspect of this statement and other parts of the code in his campaign against Jefferson County’s Alex Mooney. We have received two letters from McKinley accusing Alex of corruption since he was investigated by Nancy Pelosi’s Ethics Committee. In his fliers, McKinley repeats Pelosi’s accusations that Alex misappropriated campaign funds for personal expenses, including using “the money to take trips to resorts.”

I know President Donald Trump has asked Mooney to come to his resort, Mar-a-Lago, twice. The second time he went, he came away with Trump’s endorsement in his race against McKinley. McKinley has probably never been, and almost certainly never will be, invited by Trump to be near him, especially since McKinley voted for the Pelosi witch hunt during the Jan. 6 riot. Pelosi uses this investigation to continually smear Trump and his ethics committee to continually smear Mooney.

McKinley also repeats Pelosi’s accusation of $1,900 spent on food at Chick-Fil-A. I worked at the 2020 Jefferson County Republican Election Office in Charles Town. Mooney’s regional campaign staff worked out of that office and the Berkeley County office in Martinsburg. There was often Chick-Fil-A food there for the volunteers, especially last week when Alex himself was there to call out all the Republican candidates and for the Mooney-sponsored after-office celebration. of voting. McKinley and Pelosi may object to buying food at Chick-Fil-A, but none of the Alex Mooney and Donald Trump supporters I know object to it. I don’t remember if the attempted boycott of Chick-Fil-A by the left was going on at the time, but that’s even more of a reason to buy from them instead of the usual pizza and fries for volunteers. These expenses and travel expenses are, of course, legitimate campaign expenses.

There’s also a statewide “reporter” who looks a lot like McKinley’s campaign, repeating Pelosi’s feverish imaginings. It is most often printed on opinion pages but has recently had some “news” stories. I’d like to point out some of his inaccuracies, but my old grandfather (or maybe someone else) said to me, “Son, never get into a war of words with a man who buys his barrel ink”. Suffice it to say that I know the entire Mooney family well as they have been attending my church in Charles Town for years. There is not one iota of corruption or immorality in the whole family, including his mother who was imprisoned by Fidel Castro for not being corrupt and immoral. My question is if the same can be said for Nancy Pelosi, David McKinley or this statewide “reporter”.


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