Will Spike Maynard release his e-mail messages to Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship?

September 23, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.

While writing this morning about a new West Virginia Supreme Court ruling regarding public records, I got to thinking about our friend, Republican Congressional candidate Spike Maynard.

We know that Maynard’s former colleagues on the court did their best to protect Maynard’s e-mail correspondence with his friend, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship — despite the interesting questions about this ruling raised by Justice Margaret Workman.

But couldn’t Maynard just make those e-mail messages public himself? Wouldn’t that answer any questions about exactly what the justice and the coal executive were discussing via computer?

Maynard’s campaign didn’t respond to my last query to them regarding the future of Southern West Virginia’s economy given the almost certain decline in coal production there … I’ve asked if they will release these e-mail messages … stay tuned, and I’ll let you know what they say.

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