October 06, 2011 - 4:53 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Another Virginia Democrat is putting distance between himself and President Barack Obama. This time it’s House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong, D-Henry.   

In a new TV ad, Armstrong – who was redistricted out of his seat after 19 years is now challenging fellow incumbent Del. Charles D. Poindexter, R-Franklin County – immediately dismisses Poindexter likening him to Obama.

“That’s a stretch, Charles,” Armstrong said. “I’m pro-life, pro-gun and I always put Virginia first.”

Armstrong also notes that he did not support cap-and-trade legislation, which could have been harmful to the coal industry, and adds that he is attempting to stop proposed Appalachian Power Company electricity rate hikes.

“Charles says those rate hikes are your fault,” Armstrong said.

Late last month, Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell – another rural Democrat – went a step further, saying he would not support Obama’s bid for reelection.

“It’s very clear to me that the administration does not support the coal industry in a way that’s beneficial to our area. So, I don’t plan to support President Obama for re-election,” Puckett told WJHL-TV.