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Republican mayor endorses Democrat Casey

Charleston Daily Mail photo  Charleston Mayor Danny Jones
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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is again at odds with his party after leading a group of Republicans supporting Democrat Nick Casey in the race to represent West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Jones, who attended Casey’s official campaign announcement in April 2013, said Thursday the decision was based on his familiarity with Casey and his dislike of Republican nominee Alex Mooney.

“Last year he lived in Maryland. He came here to run for Congress, and I’m not playing. I’m not into it,” Jones said.

“His reliance to get elected is totally on divisive social issues.”

Mooney, a former Maryland state senator and state GOP party chairman, handily defeated several opponents in the Republican primary in May. Casey defeated state Delegate Meshea Poore in the Democratic primary.

Jones said his decision might have been different if local attorney Charlotte Lane had won the GOP primary. Mooney’s victory made the decision much easier, Jones said.

“Obviously he doesn’t know West Virginia, he wouldn’t know what to say anyway because he wouldn’t know this state,” Jones said, likening Mooney’s move to dropping in from outer space…


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