It's clear that the legal end result of the case involving Rae will not be reached until after Election Day, but the story has garnered widespread coverage in the state and it put Maloney on defense at a time he and his Republican allies are trying to play offense against Tomblin in the closing days of the race.
Maloney similarly denied any involvement with the text messages sent to West Virginians late Friday night from email@example.com. that aimed to link Obama to Tomblin. "I don't know where that thing came from," he said. "This is the kind of stuff that just clouds people's minds, gets them off the real issues." The Democratic Governors Association has called for a Federal Communications Commission investigation into the matter.
Maloney also touted his credentials as an outsider and businessman in a race against a career politician. He reiterated that he entered the race in part over frustration about the business climate in the state, citing the courts, tax structure, and bureaucracy.
And on the subject of campaign spending, Maloney noted that the Republican Governors Association had devoted a significant sum to the race, and that he had spent a significant sum of his personal wealth as well.
"You know, I haven't kept track," he said with a laugh. "It's way too much."