UPDATED: Linda Coleman is going on the offensive against state Sen. Eric Mansfield in the Democratic race for the state's No. 2 post.
Coleman sent a mailer to Democrats in major metro areas earlier this week attacking his record and suggesting he isn't true to the party's core. It cites Mansfield's $250 donation to Elizabeth Dole, his vote supporting the medical malpractice reforms and his absence when the legislature voted to put the constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot. Mansfield has called the attacks misleading.
Coleman's campaign also issued a press release Thursday morning criticizing Mansfield for not supporting the 3/4-cent sales tax increase put forth by Gov. Bev Perdue and other top Democrats.
In a recent interview, Mansfield said the donation was 10 years ago and solicited on behalf of Dole by a fellow doctor who helped Mansfield establish his practice. He gave $1,000 to Democrat Kay Hagan's successful bid. A surgeon, defends his vote on med mal saying the "bones" of the bill are good even if he disagrees with the cap. And Mansfield is clear that he opposes the marriage amendment. He also supports broader tax reform to fund education but not a temporary tax.