One oddity about the website: The capitol building prominently featured is not the West Virginia Capitol. I'm guessing it's Utah.
Warner, current GOP national committeeman and former state party chairman, said it's no secret he was part of a recruitment team charged with finding Republicans to fill all 117 House and Senate races on the ballot (which they did).
He said he talked to at least five Democratic delegates and a couple of senators about flipping parties, though none did.
(Warner said he could not take credit for recent flippees Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, or Delegate Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, who flipped to run for Congress and state Senate, respectively.)
Warner said his mission was to ask the best candidates he could find to run for the Legislature, without regard to their current party affiliation.
(Cynics might say he couldn't find anyone for the 13th Senatorial District, since he filed as the candidate, running against Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia.)
Warner said he got the idea to ask Williams to flip after a 2012 political event in the town of Aurora.
Warner recalled that after he spoke, Williams addressed the gathering, and opened with a line to the effect of, "I'm probably more of a Republican than the national committeeman."
Warner said he doesn't recall telling Williams the GOP would run an opponent against him if he didn't flip, but said that was understood, with the party's goal of having a candidate in every legislative race.
"If we have a true competition of ideas, and be able to do that in a civil manner, we all benefit," he said.
State Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said he had mixed emotions about the GOP's attempt to raid the party for candidates.
"I'm so pleased that the Republican Party has acknowledged the fact that we have outstanding House and Senate members that vote very responsibly," Puccio said.
"However, I'm very saddened to think they are attempting to bring the failed politics of Washington to West Virginia by offering candidates Washington money," he added.
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