"Chris was 17 in one of those pictures," said Ron Walters, referring to his son's high school senior class photo. "It's not OK for us to go back 10 years, but it is OK for them to go back 10 years?"
Martin said Walters' complaints are baseless. Walters' campaign went negative first, he said. "That's the pot calling the kettle black," Martin said Thursday.
Martin's attack ad takes color photographs of Walters, changes them to black and white images, and superimposes pictures of various props -- sunglasses, a pirate hat and a Soviet-era hammer and sickle.
In the part about Walters' allegedly shifting his position on gay rights, Walters appears with his shirt off, pointing at another man's tattooed back. Walters said the photo was taken on the beach when he was 19 years old. The other man in the photo was a college fraternity brother, who had gotten a tattoo of their fraternity's insignia.
Martin's campaign also has set up a website -- www.chriswaffles.com -- that includes the new commercial and most of the original photos taken from Walters' MySpace page.
Martin's ad accuses Walters of flip-flopping on gun control, gay rights, tort reform and his support for the tea party.
"He's changed his position dramatically on so many issues," Martin said. "He will say anything to get elected."
Walters said he has changed some positions -- many of which initially were published online after he responded to various interest-group surveys while he was a West Virginia University student and House of Delegates candidate several years ago.
Walters said his viewpoints haven't wavered during his run for the 8th Senate District seat, which covers parts of Putnam and Kanawha counties.
"Everything I've done in this election, I've been straightforward," said Walters, who ran unsuccessfully for a House seat in the Morgantown area two years ago.
Martin said his political ad about Walters wasn't intended to be "mean and nasty.
"It was meant to be humorous, not mean-spirited," Martin said. "I wanted to prove a point."
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