As for running against GOP-funded opposition in the fall, Hartman said he's hopeful the voters know him.
"I'm no different than I was four years ago, or eight years ago," he said.
I suspect even Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would admit this hasn't been the finest month of his tenure as governor.
The latest faux pas came Thursday, when the governor's office put out a statement directing non-essential state employees to stay home and off the roads during the snowstorm -- about an hour after the time most state employees report to work.
One state employee advised that she left for work early Thursday, and despite wrecks on the interstate, made it to the office just three minutes late, at 8:03 a.m. At 9:51 a.m., she said she received the email (on her computer at work) directing that she and other state employees should stay home.
(For the record, the governor's office emailed the statement to the media at 9:39 a.m.)
Of course, the storm-track fooled even the meteorologists. The Weather Channel's local forecast for Charleston was still calling for flurries and less than one inch accumulation well into Thursday morning ...
Finally, West Virginia Wesleyan political science professor Robert Rupp said he has his classes analyze a current event each semester, and said students currently are split 50-50 on the potential long-term impact of the nine-county water contamination.
Half believe it will have significant long-term negative effects on tourism and the local economy, and half believe it will be short-lived and soon will be water under the bridge, so to speak.
Rupp said the last time his students were so divided on an issue was over then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Half the class was convinced he would become president; the other half believed he would ultimately end up in prison.
In that instance, it turned out neither half was correct.
Ultimately, it may prove beneficial from the state's perspective that during the time of the water crisis, the national media devoted considerably more airtime and attention to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bridge closure controversy.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.