The two candidates likely to face off in the race for governor are sparring over recent remarks made by the head of the Texas Finance Commission.

The Wendy Davis campaign sent out a press release this week, slamming commission chair William White for his comments about payday loan customers. In an interview with the El Paso Times, White said borrowers were responsible for their own decisions. “There’s nobody out there that forces anybody to take any kind of loan,” White said.

Davis is now calling for Gov. Rick Perry to fire White, who also serves as vice president for Cash America International, a company with more than 900 stores providing cash advances and pawn loans. In a statement, Davis called his dual obligations a “blatant conflict of interest.”

“William White can’t protect Texas consumers while he represents a predatory lending company on the side,” Davis said. “Mr. White should resign from his post – and if he won’t, Governor Perry should remove him.”

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign has responded to Davis’s statement, calling it “election-year hypocrisy.” In a press release, Abbott’s team points out that state law requires the Finance Commission to be staffed with executives from the savings, consumer credit and residential mortgage industries. The statement claims Davis voted to confirm White’s appointment as chairman in 2009, and that she had at least two chances to change the requirements to serve on the commission.

For her part, Davis says she’s been critical of White’s appointment since 2011, when she called it the “classic fox in the henhouse” in an interview with the Texas Observer.