MORGANTOWN -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney is demanding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call for the firing of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.
Maloney also notes that Tombin, a Democrat, remains refuses to tell West Virginians whether he will be voting for President Barack Obama.
The renewed demand comes in the wake of the resignation of EPA's Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz who said he wanted to "crucify" those who stand in the way of EPA enforcement. Jackson did not ask for the resignation.
"While other Democratic career politicians are publicly stating that they are unsure of their support for Barack Obama, Earl Ray Tomblin stands steadfast in his support of Obama," Maloney said. "Armendariz rightfully resigned over his 'crucifixion' remarks, and now Earl Ray Tomblin should call for Lisa Jackson to resign over her actions destroying the jobs of our coal miners.
"I will not be voting for Barack Obama. I will actively campaign against him, because defeating Obama is the best way to win the War on Coal.
"For the third week in a row, we are calling for Lisa Jackson to be fired. Al Armendariz resigned because of the public and political pressure put on Obama from his remarks. Earl Ray Tomblin needs to stop supporting Barack Obama and stand up for the families of West Virginia. Earl Ray Tomblin needs to put similar pressure on Obama to fire Lisa Jackson or to get her to resign."
Chris Stadelman, a spokesman for Tomblin's campaign, responded with a written statement saying, "Governor Tomblin has consistently battled President Obama's over-reaching EPA to defend West Virginia's coal industry, and he will continue to do so.
"He led the state's intervention on behalf of Arch Coal's Spruce permit, and a federal judge agreed that the EPA had exceeded its authority and ordered the permit be approved. He recently joined with other states to sue in opposition to the MACT Rule, another attack on West Virginia jobs, and he opposes the latest EPA efforts to eliminate West Virginia jobs with regulations that would effectively ban the construction of coal-fired power plants.
"Governor Tomblin consistently fights for our coal industry and for job-creators, and he will continue to do that."