The West Virginia Republican Party accused U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. of ducking a vote on funding for the federal health care plan widely known as Obamacare earlier in the week.
The senator wasted little time in responding to the attack, saying he missed the vote because he was at a family funeral.
The West Virginia Republican Party sent a news release Thursday criticizing Manchin for "refusing to vote" on a piece of legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The release accuses Manchin for voting "present" instead of not taking a side on the vote.
"It's never a big surprise to see Senator Manchin playing both sides of an issue," West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said in the release.
"But given a choice between the Obamacare bill that will destroy family budgets and kill jobs, and trying to keep our health care freedoms ... Manchin can't choose either one. That's the opposite of leadership. It's failure to act," he continued.
The state GOP are "political hacks" and liars, according to a statement Manchin issued Thursday afternoon. The senator said he didn't vote on the measure because he was attending a family funeral and visiting his sick mother.
"Today's lie by the West Virginia Republican Party about my missed vote to attend my cousin's funeral and visit my ill mother represents the most disgusting part of politics and a perfect example of why reaching bipartisanship and commonsense solutions to the problems our state and nation face have become so difficult," Manchin said in the emailed statement.
"The West Virginia Republican Party would be wise to check their facts next time before they lie about my record and lie to the people of West Virginia," he continued.