Gov. Justice, cabinet secretary, senior adviser all appeared in political ad

Gov. Jim Justice and his senior adviser appeared in a cross between a political ad and infomercial Monday evening, paid for by a group headed by a longtime aide to former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship.

The 30-minute segment, titled “Perfect Storm,” aired on WVVA, an NBC affiliate based in Bluefield. It consisted of Bray Cary, an adviser to Justice and board member of publicly traded natural-gas driller EQT Corp., interviewing the governor about the potential goodness of Republicans if they swept Tuesday’s elections.

The ad was paid for by West Virginians for Fair Courts, which is headed by Greg Thomas, a longtime GOP consultant in West Virginia and campaign manager to Blankenship for his Senate run in the Republican primary earlier this year.

According to disclosures to the Federal Communications Commission, the group paid $5,000 to run the ad, which included campaign plugs for Republicans like Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and congressional candidate Carol Miller, and for nonpartisan judicial candidates like West Virginia Supreme Court Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins.

Along with Cary interviewing…

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