"There are certain areas that I disagree with the president on completely, and I will continue to fight that even though he may be in my party," Tomblin said after a rally in Logan County, south of Charleston. The area south of the state's largest city is strongly Democratic.
Meanwhile, a series of Friday text messages were sent to West Virginia voters aimed at linking Obama to Tomblin, prompting the Democratic Governors Association to call for a Federal Communications Commission investigation. The Tomblin campaign also went after Republican Bill Maloney "and his allies," saying they sent the text messages encouraging people to call Tomblin's campaign office. The messages went out to the mobile numbers of some West Virginians from email@example.com.
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"The Maloney campaign has absolutely no involvement in the text messages that were sent out to West Virginia families," said Maloney spokesperson Michelle Yi. "These accusations made against our campaign by Earl Ray Tomblin are categorically false. Bill Maloney would never condone actions like this and he is regretful that so many West Virginians have been inconvenienced. Bill calls upon the responsible party to stop this effort immediately."
"After Bill Maloney's campaign was implicated in an illegal extortion scheme to impugn Governor Tomblin's reputation, we didn't think that the Republicans could sink much lower in the West Virginia governor's race," DGA spokeswoman Lis Smith said. "But now they are apparently resorting to dirty tricks and illegal activity by sending patently false text messages to individuals who did not opt in to receiving such messages, as required by law.