A couple weeks ago Josh Mandel was caught faking an Appalachian English (or Southern) accent at a rally in Beallsville, Ohio with Mitt Romney.  It was, incidentally, one of the only events that Josh was allowed to speak at and it should be pretty clear why.  He was trying to be blue collar when he just simply isn’t.

Now we find out that despite all the chest thumping and “over our dead bodies” rhetoric, the real threat to the workers getting paid that day came in the form of the Republican candidates themselves using the workers as forced political backdrops.

Today the Plain Dealer is reporting that workers at the mine complained to a West Virginia radio host that they were intimidated into attending the rally and being backdrops for Romney and Mandel.  A representative from Murray Energy  claimed that the event was mandatory but nobody was forced to attend.  They didn’t get paid because they shut the mine down for the event.  What?  You’ve never heard of voluntarily mandatory optional meetings before?

You’ll also remember Bob Murray of Murray Energy as Kasich’s energy buddy – who famously silenced a room with his batshit crazy comment about President Obama:

“President Barack Hussein Obama is the greatest threat to the economy of the State of Ohio and this country”

Both Romney and Mandel are pandering hypocrites.  Not only did Romney effectively shut down a mine and force workers to go without a day of pay, he conveniently forgets his own position in 2003 when he claimed coal fired power plants “kill people”. Behold the flippety floppety Etch-A-Sketch goodness:

2003 Romney on Coal

2012 Romney on Coal

Mandel is no better.  Over his dead body indeed, or unless and until he can benefit politically from it.  Pretty much Josh Mandel’s modus operandi.  He’s not the poster boy for Pants on Fire campaign lies for nothing!

Josh is a vacuous pit of a candidate, which is why corporations and the wealthy are lining up to fill the void with campaign cash.  They know that the more they fill it up, the more control they’ll have over the boy puppet no matter how much he says he has no strings.

For a party that jumps up and down with cries of socialism and fears of totalitarian regimes it’s pretty ironic that two of their candidates would essentially do something only a dictator would love:  Stop a plant from operating and force employees to attend a rally in which they pay lip services to the very jobs they paused long enough for them to get a bit of press coverage.

And you thought soot covered future black lung sufferers behind Romney and Mandel while he utters the phrase “over our dead bodies” was the only irony at this rally!

  • anonymous

    Thank you so much for this post!! This has been Bob Murray’s game for years! He solicits money from employees at all levels and fires at will. He circumvents the system by having them donate – preferably the maximum amount – under their own names. But it’s all really coming from him. He spends loads of money bringing in candidates for offices all over the country. He is an absolute tyrant to work for and his speeches at any event rival those that you posted above. And, in case anyone is doubting this post, I have heard the same story about the “mandatory” attendance at the rally. Whoever spoke on the radio is very brave. BTW – Mr. Murray has someone trolling the net constantly looking for posts about himself, so I hope he enjoys this one. Believe me, many miners and their families thank you, Eric!! And some of us other Ohio Valley folks as well.

  • xx

    Hey Bob Murray, you’re a fascist pig.

  • amyvav

    The Service Employees union is requesting an investigation of wage and labor law violations. Maybe his tightly sealed can of worms is about to bust wide open, because I’m pretty sure that extortion of time and money violates a law or two as well!!! http://www.wtrf.com/story/19414423/union-seeks-review-of-romney-event-at-belmont-county-mine

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