If you are running for president listen up. If you travel to the great state of West Virginia you had better do the right thing.
We know that all you are doing right now is collecting money. We have no problem with that. Treat us differently than you do the big city voters. Sitting at country club in Morgantown eating rubber chicken may get you money from the rich Republicans, but you will not make friends among the small town folk.
To be a successful candidate in West Virginia you need to carry the big four cities (Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling and Morgantown), but you also need to court the Eastern Panhandle and the hardest nut to crack - Southern West Virginia.
If you aren't working class, don't pretend to be. There is nothing we hate more than some rich politician looking down on us by pretending to be one of us.
There is nothing we love better in West Virginia than a candidate that talks to the people not at them. And especially don't use us to get your message to a wider audience.
Drive! Drive a truck, jeep or motorcycle. If you don't drive one of those vehicles, own one (unless owning or driving one would appear to make you phony).
Listen to us, our concerns and problems are the same as most other Americans. And every now and then we come up with a dandy solution.
I don't have all the answers. Nobody does. If you have comments or differing opinions, please let me know.