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November 16, 2012
Most of it was pretty worthless.
An aide to former GOP Senator George Allen, criticizing the Romney campaign’s efforts in Virginia. Allen ran for his old seat this cycle; his campaign predicted that an effective VA operation by the Romney camp would put Allen over the finish line. That didn’t happen; Allen ultimately lost to former governor Tim Kaine. The aide in question also blamed outside advertising for Allen’s loss: “Well over half [the interest group ads] weren’t on our message, weren’t on our points we tried to convey and they weren’t well-done.” source
16:04 // 1 year ago
April 7, 2011

George Allen back at the old foot-in-mouth game

  • old George Allen, the former Governor and Senate candidate from Virginia, saw his political career flame out due to a video of him calling a rival campaign worker (an American of Indian ancestry) “macaca,” a racial slur. Allen denied knowing this.
  • new Allen asked reporter Craig Melvin, who is black, on two occasions “what position he played.” Melvin told him he never played sports both times. He’s apologized, saying it’s how he banters, but the cost of this gaffe is yet unclear. source
18:06 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011

DNC Chair Tim Kaine nears decision on Senate run

  • YES Tim Kaine will (probably) run for the Senate source
21:30 // 3 years ago
February 9, 2011

Jim Webb won’t seek re-election; Virginia Democrats start worrying

  • NO Sen. Jim Webb won’t run for re-election in 2012 source

» Why this matters: Webb, a Demcorat, snatched George “Macaca” Allen’s Virginia Senate seat in 2006 by a razor-thin margin. Now, Allen’s running to get his old job back, and had perhaps hoped for a rematch with his past foe. But it ain’t gonna happen, according to a statement released by Webb. Thing is, Democrats don’t have too many other promising Senate prospects in Virginia; their next best bet would probably be DNC chair and former Governor Tim Kaine. But Kaine doesn’t seem to keen on a Senate run, so Democrats may need to either find another viable candidate, or lose Virginia and greet Macaca back into the Senate. Fun fact: Prior to becoming a Senator, Webb helped write the hit 2000 film “Rules of Engagement;” a clue to his future plans, perhaps?

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12:49 // 3 years ago
January 24, 2011

George Allen back in the Virginia electoral saddle

  • then George Allen, Virginia’s Republican Senator in 2006, was thought to have ended his career after publicly calling a Jim Webb aide of Indian descent “macaca,” a racial slur.
  • now Five years after his “macaca” foul-up, Allen has announced he’ll be jumping into the Virginia Senate race in 2012, hoping that gaffe won’t hurt anymore. source
13:00 // 3 years ago