Capito tells Rotarians Congress heavy on politics

WEIRTON – Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-Charleston, told the Rotary Club of Weirton that Congress is “more politicized than ever” during a campaign stop at Williams Country Club Wednesday.

“Most people don’t like what we’re doing, mostly because it doesn’t look like we’re doing anything. It’s just constant

The stop was part of Capito’s “West Virginia Works” tour, which included a talk in Wheeling Tuesday followed by a visit to a fundraiser at Dee Jay’s BBQ Ribs and Grille.

Mayor George Kondik, Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher and state Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Wheeling, were among the Rotarians in attendance.

Capito is running against Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democrat nominee, for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. She has represented West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2000.

Capito, known for her pro-business stance, said she opposes Environmental Protection Agency regulations that will strangle the coal industry and cost West Virginians thousands of jobs.

“Energy means jobs to me,” she commented. “They are building coal plants in Germany and buying coal from West Virginia. Germany is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. What does that tell you? I believe the EPA is overreaching with some of these regulations.”

She referenced Alpha Natural Resource’s announcement last week it will likely lay off 1,100 coal miners at 11 southern West Virginia mines.

Capito said that the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom has yet to reach Weirton, but she’s confident that infrastructure around the city will catch up with surrounding areas. She noted that her own son is employed in the gas and oil industry.

Capito is also an opponent of the Affordable Care Act.

“The premiums are not sustainable for small businesses. Business owners will look at the costs and decide that they’d rather pay the penalty than pay the premiums, forcing employees to go out on their own. West Virginia only had one provider sign up, which makes us a loser in this system,” Capito said.

She added she has voted numerous times to repeal the ACA as a member of the House.

Capito was born in Glen Dale and raised in Moundsville.

She said she feels at home in the Northern Panhandle and commented that the region is in the midst of a “renaissance.”