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George Allen's Big Gun

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie's decision to sign as treasurer for the Sen. George Allen's leadership political action committee is already paying dividends for the Virginian's 2008 aspirations.

An e-mail from Gillespie arrived in the inboxes of Iowa GOP activists yesterday urging them to turn out at the state's Jan. 16 local caucuses to support Rep. Jim Nussle -- the frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

"In 2004 President George W. Bush won the state of Iowa thanks to the support, dedication and hard work of so many of you," Gillespie wrote. "This time I'm asking you to volunteer you time, talk to your neighbors and come out and show your support for Congressman Nussle."

"I know that, just like in 2004, your dedication and commitment will make the difference in 2006. With your help, Jim Nussle will be the next governor of Iowa," adds Gillespie.

As a recognizable face and name to Iowa Republicans, Gillespie is using his role as a respected figure within the party to recommend Nussle. That same credibility and "honest broker" status for Gillespie is sure to be used on behalf of Allen's presidential ambitions in the coming weeks and months.

Few -- if any -- of the other Republican candidates looking at the 2008 presidential race have an operative in their camp that enjoys the reputation and gravitas of Gillespie within the party's rank and file -- a major leg up for Allen in the early jockeying for president.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2006; 11:22 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors  
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The popularity of George Allen shows that conservatives and the Republicans are the party of the religious right, the rednecks, the rich and the Remington revolver voters. This is nothing to be proud of, Conservatives.

Posted by: joan | September 25, 2006 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The popularity of George Allen shows that conservatives and the Republicans are the party of the religious right, the rednecks, the rich and the Remington revolver voters. This is nothing to be proud of, Conservatives.

Posted by: joan | September 25, 2006 8:41 PM | Report abuse

George Allen has the same hollow smile and permanent optimism plastered on his face as Steve Forbes. Maybe they should run together.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | January 13, 2006 11:54 PM | Report abuse


Parrish, what you see is what you get. You termed it correctly....the glaze-over. Come to think of it, he does seem more like a Krispy Kreme donut. Lots of sweet tasty goo on the outside, topped with a heavy glaze and a hole in the middle.

I give Allen some credit as he generally surrounds himself with folks that are smarter than he is. Gillespie is top notch. That said, Allen may be the social rights candidate, but Allen will never be able to pull off a middle of the road campaign like Bush has done. We now know all compassion conversativism means is a sweet heart deal for Kleenex or another big company that pays to play with the GOP.

Posted by: DB | January 13, 2006 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I agree with DB. Have you seen Allen smile the way his eyes glaze over he just doesn't look like a bright guy at all. Not that this has important at all just a personal thought. Thank you Blog gods!!!

Posted by: Brent Parrish | January 12, 2006 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's my take on Allen, who I met when he first ran for governor many moons ago. Good hair, Empty head.

Needs to drop the chewing tobacco habit if he hopes to win over soccer moms with kids.

Plusses: Has the Va Redneck vote locked up.

Minuses: Intellectually Warner, Hagel, McCain, or any other GOP candidate would blow him away.

Posted by: DB | January 12, 2006 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Well this is a smart move by Allen, who is already considered the front runner from Republican insiders. Allen would be a solid choice for the Republicans in 2008, someone they can rally on. Although, several polls have shown the Virginian vrs a Virginian matchup of Warner vrs Allen in 2008 showed that Warner carries the state by over 5%. Allen only won Virginia in his last race by 51-53% low considering he was an exgovernor and Virginia GOP leader. Although, considering liberal voters from Washington and from all over the country are moving to Northern Virginia fastly making the state more blue. Allen still would be one of the best candidates for the GOP but he would lose his homestate if Warner was the Democrat nominee.

Posted by: PopulistDemocrat | January 12, 2006 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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