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GOP’s Alex Mooney Faces Party-Flipping Jim Justice for West Virginia Senate Seat

Longtime GOP supporter, Alex Mooney, is running against former Governor Jim Justice who appears to have a history of financial issues. 

West Virginia Republican Representative Alex Mooney announced his run for Joe Manchin’s Senate seat. Also in the race is former Democrat and former Governor, Jim Justice. As these two compete for the senatorial seat, it appears that Justice has been hit with multiple financial issues including his rising debt and a pending lawsuit. 

A Virginia circuit court judge denied Justice’s request to set aside documents that he and his family had signed which admitted to more than $300 million in debt to a Virginia bank. 

While the letter to the judge claimed that Justice, his wife, and his son personally-guaranteed the responsibility for the large sum, the debts reportedly applied to several branches of Justice’s family business network, according to Metro News. A memo released by Judge Carter Green of Martinsville, Virginia stated that Justice and his family had “allege no facts” in support of their “legal conclusion.” 

Commercial bank company, Carter Bank, has claimed they seek to cash in on an estimated $300 million of defaulted loans with the requirement that the Justice family sign a guarantee the large sum will be paid. The bank previously filed in April 2023 seeking to collect nearly $302 million plus interest and attorney fees from the confessed judgements, with personal guarantees by the Justice family.

However, Justice’s lawyers are hoping to offer a more detailed defense by filing a motion to set aside the previous confessed judgments on the 11 cases. The governor’s legal team claimed that the bank violated the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, engaging in a scheme that allegedly breached contractual and fiduciary obligations to Justice and his companies. 

In addition to Justice’s recent court dealing, thirteen coal companies, which are owned by the West Virginia governor and his family, sued Justice in the spring of 2023 due to unpaid penalties for alleged previous mining law violations. While Justice had not been named, the filed lawsuit claimed that within the last five years the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement had allegedly made over 130 violations against the governor’s companies. 

“Today, the filing of this complaint continues the process of holding defendants accountable for jeopardizing the health and safety of the public and our environment,” Western Virginia District U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh stated, according to AP News. 

Justice, who had been a long time Democrat, flipped his party loyalty to the GOP in August 2017 surprising many of his Democrat colleagues. The West Virginia governor is set to compete against Mooney, who has been a long time supporter of the GOP, calling Justice “Manchin 2.0.

"Jim Justice is Joe Manchin 2.0. They're basically the same," Mooney told Politico. "Why accept a liberal Republican when you can have a true conservative, especially with Joe Manchin now retiring?”


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