July 07, 2011 - 1:27 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Twenty hours after U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine applauded legislation to allow oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of Virginia, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is still accusing him of standing against the measure.

U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner, both Virginia Democrats, yesterday introduced the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2011, which would provide that half of any leasing revenues be funneled to the state for various projects.

Yesterday afternoon, both Kaine and Republican opponent George Allen sent out statements in support of the measure. Hours later, the NRSC took a swing at Kaine, suggesting he “stands to the left” of the senators by not supporting the bill.
It’s no surprise to see liberal former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine once again standing far outside the mainstream in Virginia,” said NRSC spokesman Chris Bond. “Most Virginia Republicans and Democrats can agree on this bipartisan job-creating proposal, but sadly Tim Kaine chooses to support higher gas prices and put his liberal Washington ideology ahead of Virginia’s economic interests.”

The release remains posted on the NRSC website.

"I know these guys like to attack without regard for the truth, but this is ridiculous by even their standards," said Kaine campaign spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. "In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, I’m happy to add them to our press list so they know what they’re talking about before their next attack. In the meantime, maybe they can help George Allen figure out his position on the Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it."