There's been talk that Skaff's siding with White in the speaker's race may have hurt more than it helped, with some delegates put off by the young delegate's constant self-promotion, and some of the Kanawha delegation still holding a grudge for Skaff's breaking up of the old 30th Delegate mega-district.
Finally, the governor is the only state official allowed to accept gifts valued at more than $25, on behalf of the state, and is required to report those gifts to the Ethics Commission.
Among the neatest items Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has received of late is a personalized West Virginia University baseball jersey, presented by WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck, and on display at the governor's mansion.
Other gifts on display at the mansion: Two sesquicentennial coins (one silver, one gold), and a Japanese painting by Uemura Shoen, presented by Diamond Electric Manufacturing.
Gifts on display in either the governor's office or reception room: A wooden pen and case engraved with the Summit Bechtel Reserve logo, from the Boy Scouts of America; a sandcastle sculpture from U.S. Silica operations manager Al Guizdala; an engraved silver Waterford Marquis pen, from the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia; a small coal miner sculpture from a delegation from Turkey, and a glass paperweight and wooden stand from the West Virginia Primary Care Association.
Gifts on display at the Culture Center include a personalized firefighter's helmet from the West Virginia Firemen's Association, and a collection of framed photographs from Charleston Catholic High School.
While it is noted that some gifts are displayed in the Governor's Mansion, reception room, offices, or at the Culture Center, many get the ignominious "sent to Culture and History," which is a nice way of saying into storage in the archives.
Among those items: A "Save the Miners" ballcap from Jason Parsons; a Puerto Rico sports jersey from Angelo Zayas, a resident of the Barboursville Veterans Home; a small banner from the City of Jesus Ministries; a Concord University football shirt; and a framed poem from Delegate Brady Paxton, D-Putnam.
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