Jay 2002 Campaign Button



Jay 2002 Campaign Button


Campaign button from Senator Rockefeller IV's 2002 re-election campaign against Republican businessman Jay Wolfe. Senator Rockefeller won the general election with 63 percent of the vote.

On October 28, 2002, the Martinsburg Journal released an article endorsing Senator Rockefeller for the 2002 West Virginia U.S. Senate Election. The article credits Senator Rockefeller for thousands of dollars of economic development in the Eastern Panhandle alone, with the Tiger and Sino-Swearingen aircraft companies anchoring the industrial park at the Eastern Regional Airport. The article also deemed him responsible for keeping the General Motors plant in Martinsburg. The article highlighted the Toyota engine manufacturing plant that was secured in Buffalo, WV, and how he had led a marketing team to Japan, selling West Virginia to Japanese investors. The article also mentioned his tenure on the Veterans' Affairs Committee and how he had looked out for West Virginia veterans and the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg. His high ranking spot on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his support for education and research at that state’s schools of higher education, was also mentioned before urging Martinsburg residents to "return Rockefeller to the U.S. Senate for another term for the good of West Virginia."

The Charleston Gazette released an article endorsing Rockefeller for the U.S. Senate seat. The article admitted that he would easily win the election, and didn't need their support, but they wanted to recommend him anyway. The article discussed how, despite Rockefeller’s wealth, he worked tirelessly for the interests of "little people," and highlighted how he was instrumental in persuading Toyota to open the Buffalo plant.


Rockefeller, John D., IV (John Davison), 1937-





Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV papers, West Virginia & Regional History Center

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