Ohio Miners Ask President Obama To Stop the ‘Absolute Lies’
BEALLSVILLE - Coal miners at the American Energy Corp. Century Mine
said they want President Barack Obama to stop what they term "the war
on coal" - and to stop spreading "mistruths" about them.
gathered Friday afternoon to express their opposition to Obama's energy
and environmental policies, which they believe threaten their jobs.
Miner Mitch Miracle read aloud a letter the miners mailed to Obama that
outlines some of their concerns.
"blatantly false" statements about the miners regarding their
participation in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's August
campaign stop at the Century Mine. These ads assert that the miners
were forced to attend the event by the mine's owner, Robert Murray.
"There are numerous false statements and absolute lies concerning our
participation in this event, mostly started by a local 'shock jock'
radio host," the miners' letter to Obama states. "Why would you (Obama)
lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter? We, the
employees of the Century Mine would request you immediately stop these
Murray then hosted the Romney campaign stop in Beallsville in
August, during which many miners appeared behind Romney as the former
Massachusetts governor spoke about the need to protect coal mining
jobs. In response to the assertion some have made about the miners
being forced to appear with Romney, the miners made several points on
- No employee was forced to attend the event.
- There were no attendance records taken for hourly employees.
- There were absolutely no penalties or reprimands to those who did not attend.
- Due to security concerns for the Romney campaign, there was a list for transportation purposes.
- They were "honored" to host Romney at the mine.Despite the miners' Friday statements, Ohio Democrats have requested a
federal investigation regarding Murray's campaign contributions and
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