Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world’s richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.
The 75-year-old Democrat’s decision comes at a time when his popularity is threatened because of his support for President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in the state, and his willingness to challenge the powerful coal industry, which he said has used divisive and fear-mongering tactics and wrongly blamed the federal government for its problems
“West Virginia has become my life and my cause,” Rockefeller said. “I never, ever doubt what it is I’m trying to do. West Virginia provides that to me in the form of fantastically hard-working, tough, warm-hearted people.”
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Looks like a man who has actively worked against his state and is proud of it