CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – For the second time this week “Forbes” magazine has published a highly-critical article of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, after calling him “The Deadbeat Billionaire” on Tuesday.
The “Washington Post” has also weighed-in on the financial state of the Justice family businesses, such as the Greenbrier and charities, which are now under federal investigation.
Democrats worry the governor is giving the state a bad name.
“Well, I think it’s just a constant thing with the governor. That we have constant negative stories about the state and about him and things that make us all look bad. We can’t recruit businesses here if our head executive can’t pay his own bills,” said Del. Andrew Robinson, (D-Kanawha).
Earlier this week, Governor Justice spoke to reporters about the federal investigation and the bad publicity. He blames “Forbes Magazine” for misleading its intentions on the stories.
“We opened our doors and said we don’t have anything to hide. You come on and look at everything and everything. And now what they’ve done is they’ve gone and just stabbed us in the back. Stabbed West Virginia in the back, stabbed me in the back,” said Gov. Jim Justice, (R-West Virginia).
But the Governor’s troubles aren’t just with “Forbes” and the Democrats. Key Republicans are also upset with him.
“Democrats can’t trust him because he lied to them initially. And Republicans don’t trust him because he wasn’t one of us, to begin with. It’s very hard and they’re having a hard time seeing exactly who would support this governor right now. I’m not surprised. I’d say his hard favorable are probably in the mid-20s at best,” said Rob Cornelius, Chairman, Wood County Republican Executive Committee.
The Governor has already announced his intention to run for re-election next year.
The last time West Virginia received sustained, negative national publicity was during the Supreme Court spending scandal. In that case, two justices received federal convictions, and three justices resigned.