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Democratic candidate turns House of Delegates eviction into $45k fundraising haul


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lissa Lucas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Getting escorted out of a public hearing while yelling West Virginia’s state motto might have been a best-case scenario for Lissa Lucas’ political future.

On Friday, Lucas, who is running as a Democrat for the House of Delegates in the 7th District, spoke at a House Judiciary Committee public hearing in opposition to co-tenancy legislation, which would allow companies to lease a tract of land for natural gas drilling with the permission of 75 percent of the land owners.

During her speech, Lucas rattled off the names of committee members who have taken campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, prompting House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, to summon guards to kick her off the floor.

As they did, she yelled the state motto, “Montani Semper Liberi,” or Mountaineers are always free.

“I have to keep it short, because, unfortunately, the public only gets a minute-forty-five, while lobbyists can throw a gala at the Marriott with whiskey and wine and talk for hours to the delegates,” she said before her removal.

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