West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 36

Congressional Race – 2nd District Alex Mooney (R) Nick Casey (D) Alex Mooney, candidate for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, became the youngest member of the Maryland State Senate in 1998. Mooney was an aide to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and a legislative analyst for the House Republican Conference Committee. As a senator, he fought for conservative fiscal and social values, including lower taxes, less government spending, protecting Second Amendment rights, pro-life legislation, job creation and senior care. Nick Casey, a CPA and a lawyer, is running for office in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. His goal as congressman is to change the partisan gridlock tearing the country apart. He will vote to responsibly cut spending, though not on the backs of Social Security and Medicare recipients. He will also fight for West Virginia’s industries and against increasing regulations, and he wants to help create value-added jobs for West Virginians. A s k t h e C a n d i d at e A s k t h e C a n d i d at e What do you see as West Virginia’s biggest challenges? What do you see as West Virginia’s biggest challenges? The biggest challenge everyone hears about is the regulations from the EPA. Under Obama and his expansive abuse of powers, it’s been harder to run a farm business, agricultural business, a coal company or any business. Another example is the passage of Obamacare, which has made the cost of owning and operating a business in West Virginia much more expensive. Obamacare is such a great example because it’s big government, and it’s taking away our freedoms by mandating insurance coverage for people and what kind of coverage they have. It is costing jobs. Obamacare really encapsulates many of the challenges facing West Virginia companies. Right now, the regulatory situation is very difficult. Most of my clients, and certainly myself when I act as a business person, want predictability and stability, and what we’ve got right now is a lot of instability. Regulations are being enforced in manners that many people think are inconsistent with what the regulation or underlying law was supposed to do. The ability to have a stable regulatory and legal environment is one of the problems for business folks in West Virginia right now. Once that stabilizes or we get some people in Congress who can make it stable, our good business people and their employees will deal with those regulations. What do you see as the nation’s biggest challenges? What do you see as the nation’s biggest challenges? I think it’s dealing with our loss of freedoms. The ability to work and keep the money you earn is under threat. I feel like hardworking, productive West Virginians and Americans are, right now, under attack, particularly from Obama and his policies. Taxes were increased a couple of years ago. There’s been no relief on the corporate tax rate, despite the increase in regulations and complying with things like Obamacare and government bureaucracies. So, it’s really a loss of freedoms. The regulatory issues affect everybody. I think any environment in which regulations are undependable creates a tremendous challenge across the country. It makes business people sit on cash because they’re not comfortable that the regulations are settled or will be settled in a way that’s reasonable. They don’t make investments, which would help the country and the economy. They distrust the decision making. That low level of trust is a shame and demonstrates to me that they don’t believe government is functioning in a way that’s in their best interest. We’ve got to do something about that trust. Which of your personal characteristics will help you as a congressman? The personal characteristic I think I share with West Virginia voters is someone who will stand up and fight for their principles. I have no problem working with Democrats when we agree, even though I’m a conservative Republican. On the other hand, there’s a time to fight. With the war on coal right now being waged against West Virginians and the war on the farmers and gun owners; Obamacare, which is a war on businesses and job creators, and the trial lawyers’ rampant lawsuit abuses, which is a war on job creators, there’s a time to fight. 36 west virginia executive Which of your personal characteristics will help you as a congressman? My experience in dealing with people who have issues and conflicts as an attorney gives me the best leg up. We need people in Congress who can make things happen instead of people who think the best way to address an issue is to blow up the deal. That’s not the way people run their lives, and that’s not the way they run their businesses. I think it’s that ability to come in and have a fair discussion and be open-minded.