On July 15, Capito sent a letter saying she voted for the raise in 2007 to the current $7.25 an hour -- but she ignored the call for a meeting.
Followup emails to Tomlinson went unanswered.
On July 29, I called Capito's Martinsburg office, asking why she hasn't answered the 400 petitioners' request for a meeting. Chris Strovel, of Capito's Martinsburg office, said he will forward the message to Washington.
On Aug. 5, I left a message for Strovel with the same request. Others called Capito's various offices to ask what the problem is. No reply.
It's been six weeks now since the petition was delivered and still no answer.
In those six weeks, Rep. Capito has met with the West Virginia Forestry Association. She's appeared before the International Trade Commission on behalf of a major American corporation to argue that anti-dumping regulations ought to be renewed.
But she won't even answer a request for a meeting with 400 of her constituents to discuss raising the minimum wage?
Polls show that 70 percent of the American people support raising the minimum wage. This coincides with my own snap poll in Martinsburg where I collected most of the 400 signatures. Fully 80 percent of everyone I approached (320 out of 400) signed the petition.
If Capito is opposed to raising the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, she probably doesn't want to face the music. But she should have the courtesy to say so.
Mokhiber lives in Berkeley Springs and is editor of morgancountyusa.org.