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'Hillbilly Elegy' author J.D. Vance quits firm after tweets

J.D. Vance
Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 15, 2021

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance has resigned from the board of a company that uses green technology to mass-produce food in Appalachia.

The move comes days after Vance sent some controversial tweets.

The Herald-Leader reports that Vance was an early investor in AppHarvest.

The mega-greenhouse company employs 300 people in Morehead, Kentucky, at a facility that produced its first tomatoes this year.

Vance also is being floated as a Republican Senate candidate in Ohio, and is active on Twitter.

Vance tweeted that states should raise taxes on corporations protesting GOP efforts to change voting laws, and "do whatever else is necessary to fight these goons.”