A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor is accusing a rival of not representing their party's mainstream on issues such as abortion rights and death penalty reform.
Former deputy attorney general Hampton Dellinger is criticizing state Sen. Walter Dalton for both his legislative votes and his answers on a candidate questionnaire.
Dalton responded that his "no" votes weren't on the final version of the bill and that he stood firm to get better legislation on the final version.
Dellinger says Dalton voted in April 2001 against a ban on executions of the mentally retarded. Dellinger wrote that he supports the law.
Dalton says he also opposed executing mentally retarded defendants but voted no initially on the bill because the procedure for determining mental retardation wasn't good enough. He says he later voted for the revised bill after the House improved the language.