"If you think about it the way I do, in my own home – when I have a downturn in my own house, in what I'm making, what's the first thing I do? You start cutting your expenses. You don't buy a car, you don't buy a coat, you don't go to the movies, you eat in…you quit traveling," she said.
Capito, however, has been to 10 countries since 2009 on official congressional trips to foreign nations, and has taken further trips within the U.S. for various junkets and conferences funded by industry and advocacy groups.
DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky said that comments like this, which he called "hypocrisy," illustrate why conservatives are looking to challenge Capito from the right.
“Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoRepublicans want to grease tracks for Trump Republicans face divisions over ObamaCare repeal High out-of-pocket prescription drug cost: the patient perspective MORE’s ‘do as I say not as I do’ mentality represents exactly the type of hypocrisy and double speak that West Virginians are sick and tired of from long time Washington insiders,” he said in a statement.
“Capito claims she quit traveling as a result of the economic downturn, but in reality she traveled around the world leaving taxpayers and special interests to pick up the tab and her effort to claim her family had to make the same tough decisions other West Virginia families had to is laughable, insulting and could only be considered serious by a true creature of Washington."
National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Brad Dayspring pushed back against the attacks, charging that Democrats had no ground to stand on with their attacks because of Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFree speech is a right, not a political weapon Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle MORE's (D-Nev.) trips.
"These are the same Democrats who praise Harry Reid — who flies around on private jets with millionaire donors under criminal investigation — and funnel money to the Reid/Schumer Super PAC to dole it out to Senators like Bob MenendezRobert MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE, whom the FBI is investigating. There's a bit of a credibility fail there," he said.
Capito is currently the only candidate who has launched a bid for retiring Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE's (D-W.Va.) seat. Democrats have yet to front a contender.
--This piece was updated at 11:55 a.m. to reflect comment from the NRSC.