WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 27: JD Vance, author of the book “Hillbilly Elegy,” poses for a portrait photo near the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC January 27, 2017. Vance has become the nation’s furious white, more rural Translator. The book has sold nearly half a million times since the end of June. Vance, a product from rural Ohio, a former Marine and Yale School graduate, has the best-selling book in the country. He has become a CNN commentator, in-demand speaker, and plans to return to Ohio from SF, where he worked as a principal in an investment firm. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post via Getty Images)
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) – Hillbilly Elegy writer JD Vance has stepped down from the board of directors of a company that uses green technology to mass-produce food in Appalachia a few days after posting some controversial tweets.
Vance was an early investor in AppHarvest, a mega-greenhouse company that produced its first tomatoes at a 300-employee factory in Morehead this year, The Herald-Leader reported.
But Vance is also flown as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, and he’s been online criticizing his opposition to companies protesting the GOP’s efforts in several states to change electoral laws.
Vance said in a recent Twitter post that states “should raise taxes and do whatever it takes to fight these idiots.” He also praised Fox News host Tucker Carlson, calling him “the only powerful figure who consistently challenges elite dogma – on both cultural and economic issues.”
When asked about Vance’s online comment, AppHarvest spokesman Travis Parman said, “It would not be appropriate to discuss his motivations.”
AppHarvest’s board of directors also includes TV star and businesswoman Martha Stewart.