Both West Virginia gubernatorial campaigns are playing a little offense today.
Acting-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the Democratic nominee, has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, while self-funding Republican businessman Bill Maloney has launched the first two television ads of his general election campaign, one of which references his own NRA membership.
Tomblin, who consistently receives positive marks form the NRA, is built in the same conservative Democratic mold as now-Sen. Joe Manchin, who was also supported by the NRA during his race last year.
Maloney, meanwhile, launched two new ads Wednesday in which a his qualifications are listed off as he is interviewed for the job of governor. In one of the spots, the interviewer, looking over Maloney's resume, lists off "pro-life and member of the NRA" as the text "Pro-Life and & NRA member" flash across the bottom of the screen.
Maloney's ads say two things. First, he's been playing defense on the issue of guns, a position a Republican doesn't want to find him or herself in. Second, he has the money to continue to advertise, even with an election still almost two months away. Tomblin is favored to keep the seat in Democratic hands.
For those of you who followed the GOP primary, Maloney's dog "Holly" also appears in his latest spots.