The Campaign of Miner Bo
The Campaign of Miner Bo

The official trailer is here for The Campaign of Miner Bo, a new documentary about the unemployed coal worker that decided to run for Senate after a chance meeting with Hilary Clinton.

The documentary directed by Todd Drezner follows unemployed coal miner Bo Copley who after an encounter with Hillary Clinton is turned into a political celebrity, and embarks on an unlikely run for the United States Senate from West Virginia. The Campaign of Miner Bo is scheduled for release on October 6 via On Demand.

It’s probably safe to say that Bo Copley never expected to run for U.S. Senate. A lifelong resident of Mingo County, West Virginia, Copley worked in the coal industry for 11 years until he was laid off on September 18, 2015.

In May of 2016, Copley was invited to join a roundtable discussion with Hillary Clinton, who was campaigning in West Virginia before the state’s presidential primary. Copley, his voice breaking, showed Clinton a picture of his three children and challenged her assertion that she was a friend to coal miners. Copley’s raw emotion broke through the usual campaign chatter, and throughout the campaign, he was a regular on cable news.

Copley tried to take advantage of his surprise political celebrity by running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2018. But without money, experience, or a traditional campaign infrastructure, he quickly discovered that being a politician is harder than it looks.

Still, Copley fought hard not only to pull off a monumental upset, but also to validate his own sense of self-worth after two years of unemployment. The Campaign of Miner Bo documents that fight and shows how this most unlikely political campaign changed its most unlikely candidate.

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