It’s more evident than ever who is running liberal gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango’s campaign after numerous newspapers featured a story recently declaring him the “proxy” for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who opted last year not to seek the office.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel wrote, “No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, will be. But Manchin, for the first time since winning a special election from the Senate seat once represented by the late Robert C. Byrd, is using his federal office as an extension of the Salango campaign.”

“It’s unfortunate, but unsurprising that liberal Ben Salango has turned control of his campaign over to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Ben Salango doesn’t have the experience to be Governor or run a statewide campaign. Just like in life, when you don’t have the experience or know what you’re doing, you call your daddy, and in this case, for Ben Salango, that’s Senator Manchin,” said Clay Sutton, communications director for Governor Jim Justice’s campaign.

Yesterday’s story in The Journal in Martinsburg, West Virginia, cited several examples where Senator Manchin used his position and official U.S. Senate office platform to criticize Governor Jim Justice, acting as an attack dog for the inexperienced liberal Ben Salango.

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