It has been a slow drip of attacks for the last several weeks, fueled by stories Terry McAuliffe wrote about his life in politics in is book "What A Party."
Sites like BuzzFeed have posted several of the anecdotes like the one where McAuliffe talks about leaving his wife in the delivery room after the birth of one of their children and other stories that show the former DNC Chair's drive to raise money for his team at all costs.
BuzzFeed even went as far as to take excerpts of his audio book and turn them into short clips for people to listen to McAuliffe himself telling the story.
Republicans have had a field day with the material, sending it around to anyone who might be interested.
For the most part the McAuliffe campaign has remained quiet in the face of the onslaught, but tonight McAuliffe's wife Dorothy, who is at the center of much of the controversy, released a statement that was a powerful defense of her husband.
Mrs. McAuliffe said that she helped her husband write the book and that the stories show his sense of humor.
She also compares his record to the GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli when it comes to women and claims that Cuccinelli is the candidate women should fear.
Here is her full statement:
"I am surprised that Ken Cuccinelli and his spokespeople have latched on to a few anecdotes from Terry's book in response to the incredible support Terry is getting from women across party lines in his campaign for governor. Terry and I had a lot of fun writing the book; it was a great opportunity to relive some of the experiences we’ve had in our over 25 years together. While politics has become a negative and cynical business for some, Terry has used his humor, good cheer and innate optimism over many years to find ways to work with others to get things done.
"The truth about Terry is that he is a wonderful husband and a great father -- he is supportive, devoted, and caring. I have always stood beside him, and he has always stood beside me.
"Anyone who knows Terry knows he is someone who respects women and the role we play in today's world -- and nobody knows that better than me. My husband's opponent is underestimating the women of Virginia if he thinks he can distract us from the real issues that affect our lives and the lives of our daughters. While Terry has always been there for me, I can stand on my own two feet and say that Mr. Cuccinelli should know that he will have me to answer to if he wants to intrude on our family life for political attacks." - Dorothy McAuliffe wife of Terry McAuliffe
The statement from Mrs. McAuliffe comes on the heels of a big roll out by the Democratic campaign zeroing in on McAuliffe's support by women. A rescent poll has McAuliffe in the lead with women, but several others have shown the women vote up for grab. McAuliffe and his team are continuing to push Cuccinelli's position on abortion in the hopes it will fire the female vote up come November.
Cuccinelli senior advisor Chris LaCivita responded to Mrs. McAuliffe's statement. "With all due respect, those aren't our words," he said. "Those are Terry's words in his own voice."