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Perdue Says Tomblin Has 'Wrong Priorities'

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Location: Charleston, WV

New Ad Focuses on Tomblin's $100 Million 'Welfare to the Rich' for Out of State Casino Owners

Tomblin Kennel, Inc. got more than $2 million from West Virginia

State Treasurer John Perdue, surging in the polls and running an aggressive campaign, today launched a new ad holding Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin responsible for $100 million in "welfare to the rich" and abusing his power to get $2 million in state money for his family business.

"I believe the record of Earl Ray Tomblin is shot through with examples of bad priorities and self dealing. This is exactly the kind of behavior that the people of West Virginia are sick and tired of from their elected officials."

Perdue added, "Our roads are crumbling, our utility rates are skyrocketing, and we have no regulation of the Marcellus Shale industry, yet Earl Ray Tomblin votes to give millions away to rich, out-of-state casino owners and payments to his own family business. Earl Ray Tomblin has the wrong priorities."

The new ad also continues to press John Perdue's promise to "freeze and rollback high utility rates and create jobs."

Perdue's new ad highlights well documented decisions Tomblin made to spend $100 million in state money to help out-of-state casino owners buy new slot machines and legislation championed by Tomblin that resulted in more than $2 million being paid to a business owned and operated by his mother and brother, Tomblin Kennel, Inc.

"Tomblin Kennel is incorporated at the same address where Earl Ray Tomblin is registered to vote," said Kyle Gott, spokesman for the Perdue campaign. "This is a clear conflict of interest."

Perdue's new ad can be viewed at

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