MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Protesters gathered outside of Congressman Alex Mooney's office in Martinsburg on Tuesday morning, demanding that a town hall meeting be scheduled in the Eastern Panhandle.
Organized by a group called "Vigilance Jefferson County," it's the first of what they're calling “Mooney Tuesdays,” organized in response to his vote to overturn the Stream Protection Rule. Protestors also called for Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to vote no on the appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.
While Mooney himself was not at the protest, his office released the following statement:
“Congressman Mooney is proud of his pro-coal voting record and his work to bring back good-paying jobs to West Virginia. While some liberal activists may disagree with policy positions held by Congressman Mooney and President Trump, he still supports their right to protest."
“Vigilance Jefferson County” plans to picket Mooney's Martinsburg office every Tuesday, until a local town hall meeting is scheduled.
“The movement is already there, the movement is already going,” said Patience Wait, an organizer with the group. “What we are trying to do is to give outlets for a lot of the energy that people are feeling, because they are so outraged at what is going on.”