Romney Rally Cost Ohio Miners a Day’s Pay

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Mitt Romney posed before soot-covered coal miners at an Aug. 14 presidential campaign event in Ohio — workers who went unpaid that day as a result.

For security reasons, Murray Energy Corp.’s Century Mine in Beallsville was closed for a shift during the event, according to a statement from the Pepper Pike, Ohio-based producer of bituminous coal. That meant no one worked, or got paid.

Rally attendance “was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend,” Rob Moore, the company’s chief financial officer, was quoted as saying in a Cleveland Plain-Dealer story. It cited a WWVA radio interview with Moore. (“It seems that Moore may not fully understand the meaning of the word ‘mandatory,’” commented Henry Decker in The National Memo.)

Some mine workers had complained to David Blomquist, a talk-show host at the Wheeling, W.Va., station, that they were afraid of being fired if they didn’t attend the rally for Romney, the newspaper said.

“Moore made it abundantly clear that no employees were forced to attend the Romney event,” according to the statement from the company. “All participation was, and always has been, completely voluntary. Additionally, we do not pay employees who voluntarily attend political events.”

In case the company’s political stance wasn’t clear, the statement concluded: “President Obama has declared a War on Coal and is making good on his promise to bankrupt the coal industry, and coal country stands for Romney.”

Christopher Maloney, a spokesman for Romney in Ohio, didn’t return an email and voice message requesting comment.

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