W. Va. rep calls on Senate challenger to renounce Bannon's support

W. Va. rep calls on Senate challenger to renounce Bannon's support
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West Virginia Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsMore than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents Key Republican says House taking targeted approach to combating opioid epidemic Dem candidate denies W.Va. is racist for rejecting Obama MORE (R) is calling on his primary challenger to renounce his support from former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon after the Breitbart News chief was quoted in a book attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE and his son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSan Francisco ethics official sues Secret Service over Trump Jr. trip to India Spicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' White House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report MORE

Jenkins on Wednesday called on Patrick Morrisey (R) to "renounce" Bannon's support for his campaign. Bannon backed Morrisey's primary campaign last June.

"After Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Internet security expert: 'I don’t think it’s right to say’ tech giants are politically biased UK's Boris Johnson gives reporters tea while avoiding questions about anti-burqa comments MORE's vicious attacks on President Trump and his family, Patrick Morrisey should immediately disavow Bannon's support," Jenkins said in his statement.

"If he refuses, West Virginians will know that what President Trump said of Bannon today is also true of Morrisey: 'he is only in it for himself,'" Jenkins added.

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Bannon was quoted Wednesday in an excerpt from an upcoming book by Michael Wolff attacking the Trump family. Bannon reportedly said of a June meeting Trump Jr. took last year at Trump Tower along with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOvernight Health Care: Lawsuit challenges Arkansas Medicaid work requirements | CVS program targets high-cost drugs | Google parent invests in ObamaCare startup Oscar Hillicon Valley: Omarosa drops bombshell claim about Trump, WikiLeaks | Dems turn up heat over fake FCC cyberattack | Uber hires ex-NSA official to improve security | FBI boosts cyber team Google parent invests 5M in ObamaCare startup Oscar MORE and Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManfort's defense team works to raise doubt among jurors Jury to begin deliberations Thursday on Manafort Top Senate Intel Dem: Trump compiling a 'Nixonian enemies list' MORE with a Russian lawyer that promised "dirt" on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started MORE that it was "treasonous" and there was "zero" chance his father, then-candidate Donald Trump, didn't know it took place.

Jenkins's statement goes on to attack Morrisey for declining to publicly endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign until months after the Republican National Convention. Morrisey did not attack Trump but declined to support a GOP candidate until around the convention.

Jenkins's campaign has sought to paint Morrisey as a backer of the #NeverTrump movement, which sought to block Trump from obtaining the GOP nomination. Morrisey's campaign called the accusation "laughable."

"For months, Patrick Morrisey was #NeverTrump ... and now he's lying about it,” a video created by Jenkins's campaign in August said.

"This is laughable coming from Evan Jenkins, a former liberal Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton, cap-and-trade, ObamaCare, taxpayer-funded abortions and gun control,” said Morrisey's spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik at the time.

Jenkins and Morrisey are battling in a heated GOP primary; the election will be held in May and the winner will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKavanaugh has 'productive' meeting with key swing votes Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' The Hill's Morning Report — GOP seeks to hold Trump’s gains in Midwest states MORE (D) currently holds the seat.