“This is pure disgust. Don Blankenship’s actions are appalling and disturbing to say the least. The tragedy at UBB was more than devastating, it shook families and West Virginia to the core. We lost 29 brave West Virginians that day because of Don Blankenship. Now, he is releasing ads trying to pull the wool over the eyes of West Virginians, blaming anyone but himself. This is just wrong. These families have went through more than you could ever imagine and now they are being used as political propaganda by Don Blankenship to further a political career for himself and THAT IS WRONG,” said Belinda Biafore WVDP Chair.
“We at the West Virginia Democratic Party are a political organization, but make no mistake we have long stood with our miners, workers, their families and the UMWA in fighting for coal miner safety, justice, and much more. These ads are blatant lies and disrespect to people who have lost too much already. We will continue to stand up with them and for them and that is what we’re doing.“
“Don Blankenship, by creating a corporate culture that put production over safety, is responsible for these failures. It is appalling that he continues his despicable attempt to shift the blame from himself, each time ripping open the painful wounds the families of the victims will suffer forever. Although Don Blankenship may not have received the proper punishment in this world, those families can rest assured that he will receive it in the next.”