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George Allen vs. Jim Webb, round 2?

That's how it's shaping up, now that Allen, a Republican who lost his Virginia Senate seat to Democrat Webb in 2006, has signed and filed a declaration of candidacy. That step followed an e-mail and video message to supporters Monday afternoon, announcing his plans.

In a statement, he said that "people are frustrated that Washington continues to ignore their views and values. The elections in 2012 will be pivotal in determining the trajectory of our country and if we will continue to decline or begin to ascend again. . . .

"The people of Virginia know me as someone willing to fight to restore freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all. I'm asking them to hire me on for six years so that together we can put our country back on the path to prosperity."

Allen's plans had been strongly hinted at in a two-word message that filled his Web site's home page -- "STAY TUNED" -- Monday morning.

Allen would first have to win the GOP primary to set up a rematch with Webb. But he's been active around the state, pushing such conservative causes as repeal of the health care reform law.

Allen, 58, is a former congressman and governor who was elected to the Senate in 2000. He appeared headed toward a second term in 2006 when he shot himself in the foot while campaigning. Noting the presence of a Webb volunteer who had been shadowing his campaign appearances, Allen referred to him as "macaca," a racial epithet -- though Allen later said he was unaware of its pejorative meaning. (The volunteer was of Indian descent.)

The damage, however, was apparently done, and Allen lost by 10,000 votes. Webb, a former secretary of the Navy, has not yet said he will seek re-election, though he is expected to do so.

Democratic officials wasted no time gearing up for an Allen run. "George Allen's offensive macaca moment will be the least of his worries," Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz said Monday in a statement. "Allen is a Republican establishment candidate who spent his years in Washington shilling for corporate interests, wildly spending taxpayer dollars, and racking up our national debt. We don't come across a lot of voters these days hungering for that type of experience."

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dc walker

Webb will have to defend his votes for the Dream Act and Obamacare.

January 24 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
wmkingsman

About the only thing that Webb has done of any significance, is refusing to let Bush take a picture with him in it.
" Look !! It's me, with a guy who barely got into the Senate !!"

January 24 2011 at 3:35 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Trouble

George Allen has done enough damage in VA. I wouldn't elect him to a rabid dogs catcher. He is poison, tries to play himself as a good guy, and is rascist, sexist, and basically a slimey individual. Who is VA is foolish enough to keep encouraging him? Ahhhhh, the conservative, rich Virginians. Please make him go away.

January 24 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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dc walker

........I see a "Palin" post here. Allen was the Governor and a Senator and while campaigning for another term he got into a debate with a person who was needling him he said the word "macaca" which everyone in northern VA had to look up and the Post carried this remark for months and drove Allen out of politics. It will be interested how people will see this in the light of the Palin attacks.

January 24 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

....Webb, six months as Navy Secretary did not want women in the Navy I would think that is sexist, no??

January 24 2011 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
viverettepl1

Very interesting. But my thoughts are mostly about Sen. Webb. A few years ago, he wrote an article in which he opined that the key to making political progress in this country can be made only if African Americans and the Scotch-Irish of Appalachia, and their respective political representatives, learn how to make common cause by knowing and understanding each other's culture, economic needs and conditions, history and political necessities. (I'm paraphrasing, and I read this at least two years ago.) Such a union would do much to prevent the crass political machinations of the present day and allow for progress on many pressing economic and political issues. I've eagerly awaited Sen. Webb's visibility on his idea, some noticeable rhetoric and/or behavior on his part to put his ideas into practice. Maybe he's been acting purposefully under the radar; maybe the national press, or the important voices therein, haven't been covering his words and behavior in this regard. I found this idea exciting when I read it, and thought he was on to something. Acting on his idea would not only make for an interesting and historic race but it would also make him a game changing winner.

January 24 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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