"The real question is why these special-interest groups and unions are supporting politicians who are incapable of creating jobs or defending the coal industry," Sowards said. "In the private sector, our eyes are wide open, but these civic and union organizations choose not to see."
Puccio said "the Raese-Maloney team" believes its out-of-state big money can "come in here and take on the Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the Coal Association and the UMW.
"But tell us why the Chamber and the AFL-CIO are not good for West Virginia," Puccio said.
Lucas said, "A grand tragedy for West Virginia is that so many of our elected leaders choose to sell their souls to Washington liberals like Barack Obama, to the detriment of our energy jobs and working families.
"A worse tragedy is when leaders here in this state are fooled by those who say one thing to their faces and then govern as Obama or Nancy Pelosi would.
"Rank-and-file workers, union and non-union, know who will truly protect them from the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency], cap-and-trade and 'Obamacare.' In order to stop the federal government from burying West Virginia, voters here know they have no other choice to run our nation and state but Mitt Romney, John Raese and Bill Maloney."
Manchin said he felt "pleased and honored" by the endorsements from business and labor groups.
"That they endorsed and support us speaks volumes," he said. "That is surely not against their best interest.
"It is not that everyone agrees on everything, but we are all working on jobs and creating a better atmosphere and a better energy policy.
"I want to fix the financial mess we are in, so we don't give it to the next generation. I want to make sure we have an energy policy less dependent on foreign oil, so we do not fight these needless wars. We need to start rebuilding America."
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