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Former coal executive Don Blankenship – who spent a year in a Federal prison on the safety violations, after 29 workers died in an explosion at its West Virginia mine in 2010 – paperwork filed for the U.S. presidency in the year 2020, as a third party candidate.
Blankenship is the nomination of the Constitution party, when it was the next spring meeting, Ballot Access News reported this week. He reveals, allegedly, his plans in October at the party’s national committee meeting in Pittsburgh.
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Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. (Associated Press)
The 69-year-old Kentucky native has long been a Republican, and contributed to the conservative candidate. But The Intelligencer in Charleston, W. Va., notes that he was registered as a Democrat in may – probably in the hope of challenging U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., who was thought at the time, is considering a run for Governor.
Blankenship had previously run as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia, but after the loss in the GOP primary, he was blocked by the representation of the Constitution party in the General election under the state’s “Sore Loser law” that prevents the candidate from a change of a third party on a General election ballot after losing a primary.
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The coal executive and later the son of the President accused his GOP defeat in part to Donald Trump Jr, called the allegedly false Blankenship sue an “ex-offender,” inducing Blankenship to. A trial date was reported on the October 2020, The Intelligencer.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.