When West Virginians looked to the sky this past week they were probably shocked to learn that they recently acquired a third United States Senator.
West Virginia is currently represented by Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. However, a banner flying in the sky read “Senator Heller Keep Your Word. Vote No on Trumpcare.”
The banner presumably refers to Senator Dean Heller, who represents Nevada in the Senate. While it is possible that this plane was simply en route to Nevada, that is far from likely. The distance between the two states is 5,706 miles and would take 11 hours and 25 minutes.
In fact, Ultraviolet confirmed that it was a mistake in a statement issued shortly after the mixup:
“We’d like to say that the plane is just crossing over West Virginia on its way to Nevada to spread the message that Senator Heller’s vote on health care impacts us all, but unfortunately, this was an error on the part of the third-party vendor who arranges the plane banners – with the wrong banner shipped to the wrong airport,” Chaudhary said in the email. “The correct plane banner will be flying in West Virginia later this week, calling on Senator Capito to protect West Virginia families and vote against the Republican health care plan.”
The banner was likely flown by the activist group Ultraviolet Action, which has previously flown banners at events that were actually in the right places.
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