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November 8, 2006
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United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

"West Virginia voters have spoken, and their message is loud and clear: The politics of divisiveness and fear, the politics of lies and deceit won't work in our state. From the re-election of Robert C. Byrd to the U.S. Senate, to returning Alan Mollahan and Nick Rahall to the U.S. House of Representatives, to electing a wider majority for Democrats in the state legislature, West Virginia working families can be confident that our voices will be heard in the halls of power.

I'm especially happy with the thundering rejection of Don Blankenship's ˜And For the Sake of the Kids" campaign of deception and deceit. It demonstrates that West Virginians don't - and won't - buy into the smear tactics and fear-mongering that characterized Blankenship's campaign. Their message to the Donald is clear as well: Quit trying to become the ˜Boss Hog" of West Virginia.

"These results make it pretty clear to me that the Donald is about as good a political campaign strategist as he is a coal company executive. The candidates he targeted for defeat were almost universally successful last night -- indeed, the increase in the Democrats' margin in the State House and Senate clearly shows just how much the voters were ready to reject Blankenship's campaign of half-truths and outright lies.

"I also want to congratulate all the members of the United Mine Workers of America and their families who went to the polls and voted yesterday. Your voices made a critical difference in this election, and you can stand proud today knowing that you've got powerful friends in Washington and Charleston fighting for your interests.

"They'll be with us as we continue to fight for better, safer jobs in our coal mines and workplaces, for health care for every citizen, for new bankruptcy laws that put workers' interests first and for laws that will restore American workers' right to form a union where they work."

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