Thursday, January 19, 2006
Very bad news for George Allen
Virginia and the U.S. Senate would be well rid of George Allen
Corey Hernandez at Virginia Political Line discusses a new Wall Street Journal poll released today. The poll shows that Senator George Allen has only an 11 point lead (49.3% - 38.3%) over possible opponent Democrat James Webb and only 14.1% over Democrat Harris Miller. These numbers are astounding considering that Webb has not even declared and Harris Miller has barely begun his campaign.
The supposedly popular Allen failed to capture even 50% of the voters polled. Virginia's voters are open to a change: they only need the right candidate to make the right case.
Get the story and links at the Virginia Political Line here.
Republican Senator George Allen made his first major misstep in Virginia’s 2006 campaign for the U.S. Senate when he announced that he wasn't going to give donations linked to Jack Abramoff; Allen claimed the money was spent long ago and the campaign account closed, so “the money does not exist to give it back.”
Apparently all that was just a bad joke on the part of Allen. Allen, who has one of the largest campaign war chests, if not the largest, in Congress did a little digging around and managed to find $4,000 laying around with no one’s name on it . . . no one’s name except Jack Abramoff’s, that is.
Changing course and flip-flopping, as Allen often does, the would-be 2008 presidential candidate announced that he was giving $1,000 to charity, representing a donation from Abramoff to Allen's 2000 Senate campaign and another $1,000 to charity, representing a donation to his campaign in 2005 by Tony Rudy. Allen will also return $2,000 donated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe in Michigan.
Allen’s decision to keep Abramoff’s money, followed by his flip-flip decision to donate it will hang around his neck like an albatross for the rest of the campaign. George Allen has shown that he only does the right thing when he's watched, closely.