September 11th, 2009
04:21 PM ET
13 years ago

McDonnell accused of flip-flopping as he runs for governor

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.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Just like a democrat to say the campaign should be about the issues and go after the other persons character instead.

    September 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Ana

    This McDonnel guy is running in Washington? And people (women in particular) will actually vote for him? Wow...I thought Washington was a lot more progressive and intelligent than that....

    September 11, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Always amazed at how no matter what the article is about some far-right-ring-nut makes it about President Obama!

    I've been around awhile, and I have never seen SO much HATERD towards a president.

    And sadly, the GOP-haters "claim" they are ......... Christians!

    September 11, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. jaye

    Republicans are a shameful bunch – and a bunch of troublemaking liars and idiots. They bring guns to townhall meetings, and get away with it. Bunch of idiots.

    September 11, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Mike, FL

    These backword right wing exterimists expect women to stay home and cook, clean, and obey all their orders!!

    September 11, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. scott

    Sad, Craig Deeds is a bitter man, that has nothing to offer, except higher taxes. I know I am from Virginia, I remember when he wanted to raise gas taxes. Its true what they say if you have nothing to offer, then try to make the other guy look bad,

    McDonnell for Governor.

    September 11, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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