George Allen Reminisces About the '90s
Former Republican governor George Allen says Virginia has been heading in the wrong direction since he left the governor's mansion in the late 1990s.
In an op-ed published Sunday in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Allen speaks out about how the Virginia Republican Party can reconnect with voters after Democrats' recent successes at the polls.
Allen, who was governor between 1994 and 1998, takes credit for reforming welfare, making college more affordable and bringing jobs to the commonwealth during the 1990s.
Allen, who also takes a few swipes at Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), said he fears the state is now "coasting along."
"I am concerned that our commonwealth's progress is in danger of stalling," wrote Allen, who many GOP activists say is preparing for another run for governor in 2009.
Allen criticizes Kaine's proposal to take money from the state's rainy day fund to help a close a budget shortfall. Allen also comes out against Kaine's proposal to extend free pre-kindergarten to more poor and middle class families. Allen calls it a "costly government entitlement program."
"There are great opportunities ahead of us, and some serious challenges," wrote Allen, a former U.S. senator was unseated last year by Democrat James Webb. "Yet, too often today our leaders seem content for our commonwealth to coast along blissfully while they jockey for more political power and refight the same old tiresome partisan battles."
While he doesn't say whether he is interested in running for governor, Allen wrote the "the future does not belong to those who coast and quarrel."
"We Republicans can offer a better way," he said.
You can read Allen's Op-Ed here.
November 12, 2007; 12:13 PM ET
Categories: Election 2007 , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine
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