Editorials, Opinion

Goodbye to Mooney?

CQ Roll Call revealed Rep. Alex Mooney, who represents West Virginia’s second congressional district in Washington, is under investigation for misspending campaign funds and improperly reporting required information in his Federal Election Commission filings.

The Office of Congressional Ethics alleges Mooney spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. Among the disputed charges are vacations in West Virginia state parks, $1,900 (over 53 transactions) at a Chick-fil-A near Mooney’s home and $2,500 paid to himself without explanation.  

The results of the 2020 Census indicate West Virginia is due to lose a representative in the U.S. House, and it’s likely the 2nd District that will be dissolved, leaving Mooney without a district. It’s worth nothing, before getting elected to represent West Virginia in Congress, Mooney was a Maryland state senator, and Dirk Haire, the head of the Maryland Republican Party, is still listed as Mooney’s point of contact.

Instead of going through the effort of pitting Mooney against Reps. David McKinley or Carol Miller, we think West Virginia should just kick this carpetbagger to the curb and call it a day.