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W.Va. County's GOP Committee OKs Resolution Against Gov. Justice

Jim Justice

A Republican committee in West Virginia’s largest county has approved a resolution of no confidence in GOP Gov. Jim Justice.

The Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee says in a news release the vote Tuesday was for Justice’s “lack of support” of GOP principles.

Justice announced earlier this year he will seek re-election next year. Justice was elected as a Democrat, then switched parties in 2017.

Committee member Carolyn Stricklen says despite Justice’s support of President Donald Trump, “it is not enough to make up for the fact that he was not elected as a Republican and he has not governed as a Republican.”

Stricklen says education and transportation are the two biggest issues facing the state, and “Justice has not led as a Republican on either issue.”

A spokesman for Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.