WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, flip-flopper?
That's the latest charge to emerge from the Creigh Deeds campaign, which has been flogging the Republican gubernatorial candidate for nearly two weeks over his past positions on working women and homosexuality.
At issue Friday were McDonnell's remarks in an interview with Washington-area radio station WTOP, in which he explained why he voted against a 2001 resolution honoring equal pay for women when he was in the Virginia House of Delegates. Deeds, now the Democratic candidate for governor, supported the resolution.
"It was a ceremonial resolution," McDonnell explained to interviewer Mark Plotkin. McDonnell then stressed that he would support equal pay if elected governor of Virginia.
If that's the case, Deeds campaign aides wondered in a conference call with reporters Friday, why didn't he just vote for the equal pay resolution in the first place?
"It's another example of Bob McDonnell trying to re-write his record," said Deeds campaign senior adviser Mo Elleithee. "He keeps changing his positions, and when he keeps changing his words, I'm not sure how anyone could trust him."
Deeds, too, has been accused of flip-flopping. Former Democratic governor Doug Wilder told the Washington Post during the party's nomination fight earlier this year that he was disappointed Deeds has downplayed past stances on same-sex marriage and gun rights.
"What Creigh is saying now is, 'I've changed my philosophy,'" Wilder said at the time. "Suppose we had elected you before? Would you have changed?"
Although Deeds has said the governor's race should be about education and job creation rather than polarizing social issues, his campaign has made McDonnell's record on social issues a focal point of the campaign - most recently by launching a statewide TV ad criticizing McDonnell's record on abortion and contraception.
Elleithee said the Deeds campaign would continue to highlight McDonnell's conservative resume. "We are going to continue to talk about that record as well as focusing on Creigh's positive record," he said.
McDonnell communication director Tucker Martin was quick with a response.
"When will they have a conference call to roll out a transportation plan?" he asked.