Jeeps in the Political Arena

Ken Hechler and his Red Jeep

We all know Jeeps are impressive and can do some things not many other vehicles can. Obviously, Former Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler, nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Robert Byrd, has had an ongoing love affair with his Jeep, and has actively involved it in all his political campaigning. (Now mind you, I am not campaigning for Mr. Hechler, neither for or against the man, just making an observation on how the word “Jeep” is even dropped in the political arena.)

What sparked this was an article I ran across online on the Charleston Daily Mail website “Hechler ready for rough terrain”. Here are a few quotes off that particular article of Hechler’s Jeep campaigning jingles.

Hechler states that Jeeps have symbolized his vision to “help pave the way for a better West Virginia.”

“Wherever he went, he was heralded by his classic campaign jingle, which said, “There’s a red Jeep in the mountains, and it’s coming round the bend. It’s bringing you a message, from a West Virginia friend.”

Hechler is on his sixth Jeep since making the initial purchase back in 1960.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. As a West Virginian it’s nice to see some light shined on Mr. Hechler. His love of Jeeps is well known. Although I don’t intend to vote for the man, I admire his spirit and wish him health and happiness.


  2. Sounds like a smart man to me. I’d probably vote for him, knowing no more than what’s in this article. Good people own Jeeps!


  3. It figures he’d drive a red Jeep. They demand more attention and I’m sure that was part of the plan. At least the guy has great taste when it comes to his wheels. I’d want to know a bit more about his politics but owning the Jeep is a good start!


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