Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has found himself in hot water with quite a few of his fellow Democrats when he took the spotlight in a political ad for Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) in which he bragged about his personal role in the outright blocking of Old Uncle Joe’s signature domestic agenda item, Build Back Better.
McKinley is slated to go up against Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV) after a bit of redistricting ended up causing a congressional map to place them both within the same district. Former President Donald Trump made his way into the primary this past November, backing Mooney after McKinley chose to vote in favor of Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure package.
Trump also highlighted the fact that Mooney had chosen to vote against the January 6th commission– McKinley was one of a group of 35 House Republicans who chose to vote in favor of carrying out an investigation of the Capitol riot– although he stood against the select committee.
Manchin took the stage on Saturday with a video ad in favor of McKinley.
“lol Joe Manchin brags about sinking Build Back Better in an ad he just cut for a Republican candidate for Congress,” stated reporter Jordan Zakarin via a tweet atop a video of the ad. “Democrats were never going to get this guy on board for any part of their agenda.”
lol Joe Manchin brags about sinking Build Back Better in an ad he just cut for a Republican candidate for Congress.
Democrats were never going to get this guy on board for any part of their agenda. pic.twitter.com/0ILc2pScCu
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) May 1, 2022
“I’ve always said if I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it,” stated Manchin in the ad. “And that’s why I opposed Build Back Better. For Alex Mooney and his out-of-state supporters to suggest David McKinley supported Build Back Better is an outright lie.”
“David McKinley has always opposed reckless spending because it doesn’t make sense for West Virginia,” Manchin went on. “Alex Mooney had proven he’s all about Alex Mooney, but West Virginians know that David McKinley is all about us.”
Sawyer Hackett, the Communications strategist, used the ad as a chance to argue that Old Uncle Joe should just push through an executive action in order to get around Manchin, stating, “Joe Manchin bragging about killing the president’s agenda in an ad for a Republican. If this is where he is, Joe Biden has nothing to lose from legislating by executive action.”
Manu Raju, a CNN congressional reporter, highlighted that the ad might not just be for the purpose of saving McKinley’s spot, citing the fact that Mooney could very possibly go on to issue a challenge to Manchin for his seat in the Senate in the 2024 elections.
“Manchin inserts himself into a GOP v. GOP House primary and cuts an ad for David McKinley who is facing Trump-backed Alex Mooney. Trump has gone after Rs like McKinley for backing infrastructure bill. Mooney is seen as a possible ‘24 challenger to Manchin,” he stated in a tweet.
“At the end of the day, if Joe Manchin can cut ads for Republicans and spit in Joe Biden’s face without consequence, and Democrats will *still* handle Manchin with kid gloves, that’s a deeper problem within the party,” concluded Max Burns, a Democratic strategist.