The Maloney campaign blamed Tomblin for the rise in state unemployment over the last six months.
"At the national level the unemployment rate was coming down while ours is going up -who's at fault for that? Earl Ray Tomblin," said Kent Sholars, spokesman for the Maloney campaign. "We have less jobs now because of Earl Ray's policies."
Specifically, the Maloney campaign says Tomblin supports President Barack Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which they blame for causing the loss in mining jobs over the past year.
But Stadelman sharply rebuked that claim.
"Gov. Tomblin is endorsed by the West Virginia Coal Association, the United Mine Workers of America and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce because they know he is fighting President Obama's overreaching EPA," Stadelman said.
"As a son of West Virginia's coalfields, no one will ever fight harder for our miners and the entire coal industry than Earl Ray Tomblin, and anyone who suggests different is flat out lying," he said.
Stadelman said Tomblin is committed to bringing in new jobs and creating opportunities for those out of work.
"Internationally respected companies such as Macy's and Gestamp already are hiring, but Governor Tomblin knows there is more work to be done," Stadelman said.
He said Tomblin was committed to expanded worker training programs and improvements in education.
"Bill Maloney's only ideas are to impose new taxes on local residents and give tax breaks to millionaires who sell their companies and ship jobs elsewhere, just like he did," Stadelman said.
Stadelman's claim about new taxes was referring to recent sparring over Maloney's proposal to eliminate the property tax on business equipment and inventory.
Tomblin has said eliminating that tax altogether could cost local governments tens of millions of dollars, most of which go to fund schools. Tomblin said Maloney's plan would require finding another tax to offset the loss of revenue to schools.
The Maloney campaign claimed they could recapture that revenue through economic growth, not by imposing new taxes.
"Bill's belief on taxes is pretty simple: You lower taxes, you spur economic growth, you create jobs and revenues will grow," Sholars said. "Earl Ray Tomblin's plan is to put more taxes on West Virginia families."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.