MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Anne Barth, the Democratic nominee vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in November, received a ringing endorsement Monday from U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who touted Barth's ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd's success in bringing federal infrastructure dollars back to West Virginia.
"Anne Barth knows how to deliver," Hoyer, a 28-year Democratic congressman from Maryland's 5th district, said in Martinsburg.
Barth, flanked by Hoyer and Martinsburg Mayor George Karos for what was billed as a discussion on infrastructure, didn't mention Capito by name, but criticized funding shortfalls for roads, bridges and other needs she said were essential to spur economic development.
"We have arrived at the point where unwise fiscal policies and misguided priorities in Washington in recent years have jeopardized our infrastructure system and caused many parts of that system to get decayed or begin to crumble," Barth said.
She also cited a deadly bridge collapse last year in the Midwest and statistics highlighting West Virginia's unmet needs for wastewater treatment, dam repairs and deficient bridges.