Richard Ojeda is a veteran who is running for a house seat in West Virginia. He is a serious candidate with a real chance. He also voted for Trump. That won’t earn him any points with the resistance.
The Hill reports:
Dem House candidate in West Virginia voted for Trump
Richard Ojeda backed Donald Trump for president, but the West Virginia state senator is now running as a Democrat for the House as his party seeks to wrest control of Congress from Republicans.
In an interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Ojeda said it’s not that he always agrees with Trump, who remains very popular in West Virginia.
“If you have a great idea, I’ll support your great idea. But if you don’t have a great idea, I won’t,” he said.
“Just because I support somebody doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll agree with them always. If they do not do something that’s correct, I have the right to make comment.”
Ojeda, a military veteran, is running to replace Rep. Evan Jenkins, the Republican congressman who vacated his seat for an unsuccessful Senate bid earlier this year.
It’s an uphill race for Ojeda, as Trump won the conservative district by 19 points in 2016.
Ojeda, a tattoo-adorned former paratrooper, doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of most congressional candidates. He’s been a vocal supporter of the recent teachers’ strikes in his state and has called for medicinal marijuana as a solution to the opioid crisis.
The supposed blue wave is on life support at this point.