Governor wrong to insist his problems greater than state’s

Generally speaking, everyone’s first point of reference is none other than their self.
When anyone tries to understand a situation or communicate with someone he or she  looks to his or her own experience and knowledge.
That doesn’t mean the only thing we think of is ourselves when addressing a question or offering an opinion.
But lately, we get the impression Gov. Jim Justice cannot move past a bad case of me, myself and I syndrome.
Clearly, this has not been a good month for Justice.
Not only was a federal subpoena into his resort made public,  GOP committees passed no confidence resolutions in him and a Forbes’ article declared him a “deadbeat billionaire,” but everyone expects him to fix their road, too.
Sure, that would get anyone’s attention and might even take your mind off your job, in his case, executive matters of the state. Yet, rather than put on his game face and deal with it internally — in private —  Justice’s response is to go public with a poor, poor pitiful me approach.
In at least three public events this month Justice has diverged into his own problems, rather than those of the state.
Speaking at a grant presentation in Fayette County he digressed into that federal investigation into The Greenbrier. “Anything you’re going to find around me is going to be goodness, and it’s going to be the right thing,” he said.
Then he turned a Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce dinner into a pity party that put his welfare before anyone’s.
Most observers of that short speech described it has him feeling sorry for himself while playing the kind of hardball politics he claims to know nothing about.
And then there was the recent news conference in Charleston about secondary roads where he veered off  almost into the weeds with his problems still again.
Admittedly, in some of these instances he was asked questions about his businesses, that subpoena and so on.
Yet, his responses were not intended to answer the questions. Instead, he  solely focused on pleading his case for his empire, his image and his re-election.
Never mind the poverty levels among our state’s children, an opioid epidemic and  volatile revenues.
He has a right to tell people his personal problems, but most people really don’t care and, of course, some are glad he has them.
But to elevate his problems to a greater and graver state than West Virginians who struggle daily to make a living or stay alive is way wrong.
Justice is the governor of West Virginia, which has far more problems than his companies.
When we hear him elaborating about  problems it should be our state’s, not his own.

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