BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) In an interview Wednesday with Gubernatorial Candidate Woody Thrasher, the former West Virginia Commerce Secretary suggested that current Governor Jim Justice should give up his title.
WDTV's Josh Croup interviewed the Republican Candidate inside our Bridgeport studios.
Controversy sparked on Monday when Sen. Craig Blair (R -15th district) said the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses.
We asked Thrasher if Governor Justice should resign.
He said, "I think we are just dysfunctional in state government. I think it's a sad day when we have a Republican-led Senate, House and Governor who can't get along at all." Thrasher went on to say, "There's a sports analogy - If teammates aren't playing together, you lose games. I think that's what's happening in West Virginia. I think West Virginia is losing because of it. If the governor can't perform, if he can't lead, I don't think he should be in the position."
In a follow up question, Thrasher stated, ""If the governor is really willing to take this position seriously and show up for work every day and absolutely work with his teammates to solve problems in West Virginia, then yes. In absence of that I think he needs to return to his family businesses."
We reached out to the Justice campaign for a response. Campaign Manager Mike Lukach released the following statement, "Gov. Justice inherited a mess and has turned West Virginia around. Thanks to his leadership West Virginia has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth, started the process of fixing our roads, and is working closely with President Trump to fight for coal, and Governor Justice continues working hard every day for those priorities."
Lukach went on to say, "It's no wonder Woody Thrasher is making these attacks, the day he announced his campaign he admitted that his values are "...very much more aligned with the Democrat Party than the Republican Party."
We attached a portion of our interview with Woody Thrasher above.