UNFORTUNATELY, the negative attacks are already overshadowing the positive aspects of the 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced her intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the seat being vacated by long-term Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
Tennant's announcement, along with U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's decision to seek the Republican nomination, all but assures a Capito versus Tennant general election battle in November 2014.
In a video introducing her campaign, Tennant said, "Congresswoman Capito has been part of the problem in a broken Congress for the last 13 years. A Congress that is full of obstructionists, full of gridlock and full of failed ideas.
"We can't have someone who always stands in our way and says no to ideas, says no to progress and says no to the people of this state, offering nothing in return."
Of course, it didn't take long after Tennant's announcement that the Capito campaign began its attacks.
"Natalie Tennant is out of touch," a Capito campaign e-mail said. "She is a President Obama progressive who supports Obamacare and will be a rubber stamp for his extreme agenda."
What's likely to be overlooked in this upcoming mud-wrestling match is that West Virginia voters truly have a choice of two very strong, capable and competent candidates.