From a press release issued today by the Justice campaign:
Today, businessman Jim Justice visited Morgantown and Huntington alongside former Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett and former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen to kickoff “Coaches for Jim,”— a citizen-led coalition to reach out to local coaches across West Virginia. Justice, the basketball coach for both the boys and girls teams at Greenbrier East High School, emphasized the important role coaches play in the community and how they must be involved in engaging West Virginia youth to turn the state around.
Justice advocated for increased citizen participation to change the Mountain State for the better. He made it clear that he wants to hear from the community leaders who are with our kids every day and discuss how we can make a change.
“This is a targeted effort to get everyday citizens involved in helping to change West Virginia,” said businessman and candidate for Governor Jim Justice. “I want to bring coaches together so that I can hear directly from them what we are missing in our efforts to take care of our young people. I am not a politician, but it is obvious to me that there needs to be increased citizen involvement because we can’t wait any longer for politicians to get their act together.”
Both Nehlen and Pruett highlighted the passion and commitment Justice has for his student-athletes and the state. The football legends praised Justice for his generous support of WVU and Marshall, and his work helping West Virginia youth over the years.
Coach Don Nehlen, a lifelong Republican, said, “Jim doesn’t have to coach basketball at Greenbrier East, but he does it because of his passion and commitment to helping the community and his players. He knows how to work with others and bring folks together to achieve a common goal. I know that as governor Jim will continue his great work to improve this state that we love so much.”
“Jim has a big heart, and I can tell you that he is always trying to do the right thing for the people of our state,” said Coach Bob Pruett. “I have watched Jim do extraordinary things for West Virginia, including coaching and mentoring his student-athletes, saving The Greenbrier, bringing the PGA tour here, and attracting professional sports teams to West Virginia. I have been equally impressed by his remarkable support of both West Virginia University and Marshall University over the years.”
The bolded portions of the statement were done by the campaign, not by me. Obviously lot’s of praise for Justice in the press release. But there’s one thing missing – the word Democrat.