One day after state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general, unveiled a television ad questioning his opponent’s legislative record on public safety, state Sen. Mak R. Herring, the Democratic nominee, fired back with his own ad, tying the state senator from Harrisonburg – whose center-right campaign has narrowed in on mainstream issues – to his running mate Ken Cuccinelli’s conservative social agenda.
The ad focuses on the 2007 “Personhood” bill, co-sponsored by Obenshain and Cuccinelli, that could ban common forms of contraception and outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
“Like Ken Cuccinelli, Senator Obenshain has spent his entire career in the state Senate trying to punish women for making their own, private health care decisions,” Herring said in a statement released by his campaign today. “Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain believe politicians in Richmond should dictate to women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, and they have the record to prove it.”
Obenshain-spokesman Paul Logan in return accused Herring of “doubling down on the same dishonest strategy that now has him trailing in recent public polls, lagging in fundraising and unknown to the vast majority of Virginia voters.”