ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: Governor Justice switched from Democrat to Republican

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | August 05, 2018

A year ago Friday, Gov. Jim Justice stood with President Donald Trump at a rally in Huntington and announced he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.


Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson

“With lots of prayers and lots of thoughts, today I tell you as West Virginians I can’t help you any more being a Democratic governor,” Justice announced to cheers. “So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.”

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael said Friday it’s worked out just fine.

Carmichael used the word “fanatically” during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Friday calling West Virginia’s economy “the comeback kid.”

“Wage rates are up in West Virginia more than any other state in the nation. Unemployment has dropped more than any other state in the nation. Our hotel occupancy rates are up, more jobs, more revenue is coming into the state,” Carmichael said. “The Republican legislature has done the job that the people have elected us to do.”

Carmichael said Justice is part of the team that is moving the state forward.

“He’s got great vision for our state. He has worked very hard to move our state in the right direction,” he said. “It’s a good moment to recognize the governor of West Virginia switched parties to become a Republican one year ago today and the state’s been on a positive trajectory ever since.”

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