CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Jim Justice announced today that at 5 p.m. his administration will turn on a Capitol dome light normally used under a state-of-emergency. Justice says he wants to spotlight the potential of a public health crisis if legislators force cuts to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
House Speaker Tim Armstead, whose house was among hundreds in West Virginia flooded last summer, says the governor should reverse course and apologize.
"Let me say this, I have bitten my tongue and I've hesitated to respond to any of the foolishness that's come from the governor in terms of name-calling and childishness, but I think he crossed the line," said Armstead, R-Kanawha, after the House floor session today.
"Last year my district got hit with one of the worst disasters in the history of our state. Twenty-three of our fellow West Virginians died. Out of respect for those people that light was turned on at the top of the Capitol dome. For this governor to make a joke out of something that has been used to pay respect to West Virginians is embarrassing."