A new Republican ad in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District focuses on a comment made by Democratic candidate John Foust to suggest that the Fairfax County supervisor does not support working women.

At an event last month, Foust questioned whether state Del. Barbara Comstock (R), previously a congressional aide, opposition researcher, Justice Department spokeswoman and lobbyist, had “even had a real job.” He was trying to argue that Comstock was out of touch with the average constituent and thus unable to create jobs for working Virginians: “In her mind, that means giving tax benefits to special interests and the super wealthy.” He has since clarified that he was criticizing her career as partisan, not commenting on her gender.

Republicans, however, have cast the comment as insensitive to women. Comstock’s last ad called Foust’s attacks “sexist,” and now the National Republican Congressional Committee has made it the focus of its first television ad in the race.

“What would you say about this resume?” the female narrator says. “Attorney. Department of Justice spokesperson. Aide to Congressman Wolf. Partner at a law firm. Working mom. Impressive stuff. It’s Barbara Comstock’s resume. But Democrat John Foust said. . . .” The ad then plays a clip of a man’s voice reading the “real job” comment twice.

“John Foust said being a working mother is not a real job,” the ad concludes. “Just imagine what John Foust thinks about you.”

The ad is yet another sign of how critical women voters will be in this race. As Democrats attack Comstock aggressively for her opposition to abortion, Republicans have responded by repeatedly highlighting the “real job” comment.

“No one is going to believe this ad. It’s not even John’s voice,” Foust campaign manager Shaun Daniels said in response. “Barbara Comstock has a dreadful record on women’s health, and she’s trying to trick voters.”

The ad will run on cable for two weeks, according to the NRCC, part of a $2.7 million ad buy in the district. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $2.8 million in the district, according to a May article in Roll Call, but has yet to air a television ad.

Comstock is also out with an ad Tuesday focused on her career in the legislature. Again, the attention is on women. In nearly every shot she is speaking to a woman, and the narrator touts her work “to protect women and children” from human trafficking and to keep local school funding.