For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2018
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com, 304-342-6606
Voters Won’t Forget About Morrisey’s Lobbying Career
The WV GOP remains deeply divided after nasty primary
CHARLESTON, WV — One week after the Republican primary, Patrick Morrisey is already defending his work as a Washington lobbyist. Morrisey’s ties to the Washington swamp haunted him in his New Jersey campaign for Congress and are now plaguing his Senate bid.
Citing Morrisey’s time as a D.C. lobbyist, one top West Virginia Republican strategist said after the May 8 primary that, “Patrick Morrisey is the most flawed GOP Senate candidate in the country.”
When he ran for Congress in New Jersey, Morrisey relied heavily on financial support from Washington, D.C. lobbyists, and the voters rejected him. During his New Jersey campaign, Morrisey touted his experience on Capitol Hill and had one member of Congress host a $55,000 fundraiser for him.
Now, Morrisey continues to take heat from his fellow Republicans, even after the primary, about his lobbying career and K Street connections. According to Politico, Morrisey’s campaign has relied on K Street more than most candidates in 2018.
Congressman Evan Jenkins repeatedly bashed Morrisey for getting “filthy rich in the swamp” while working as a “career D.C. lobbyist.” All of Morrisey’s Republican rivals slammed him for his lobbying career. The Jenkins campaign said that Morrisey would have a “cloud of suspicion over his head from day one” if elected to the U.S. Senate.
“Patrick Morrisey’s lobbying career comes with so much baggage that it forced 20% of Republicans to vote for a convicted CEO,” said Belinda Biafore, chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party.