The United Mine Workers -- who have had some interesting interplay on the P-G's letters pages with others in organized labor supporting Barack Obama -- look to be sitting out the presidential election this year after supporting Obama four years ago. But they're no friends of Mitt Romney either.
From the National Journal:
"As of right now, we've elected to stay out of this election," said Mike Caputo, a UMWA official and a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. "Our members right now have indicated to stay out of this race, and that's why we've done that.... I don't think quite frankly that coalfield folks are crazy about either candidate."
Both candidates are trying to prove otherwise to voters in coal-intensive swing states. Earlier this week the Obama campaign released in Ohio the first coal-issue ad of this cycle, claiming that Romney has flip-flopped his position on coal. The ad includes comments that Romney made as Massachusetts governor in 2003 standing in front of a coal plant, saying that he wouldn't support jobs that kill people.
For his part, Romney is claiming Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is waging a war on coal with a slew of regulations.