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George Allen's Statement

Tim Craig

As first reported this morning by the Associated Press, former governor and U.S. senator George F. Allen (R) announced today he will not run for governor again in 2009.

Allen's decision sets up a potentially nasty fight for the GOP nomination for governor between Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Allen's statement:

"Throughout 2007, and increasingly in recent months, Susan and I have heard from many wonderful Virginians who have encouraged us to seek the governorship in 2009 and have generously offered their help. We are deeply thankful for those expressions of support. Having learned from past experiences, to allow such speculation to linger would be unwise and unfair when an honest statement of intentions is the right way to conduct one's life.

"Susan and I have prayerfully and deliberately considered how we can best serve Virginians and advance our ideals at this stage in the life of our family. We will always fondly recall our time in the Governor's Mansion as an unparalleled honor and a period of historic initiatives and transformational accomplishments for Virginians. Yet, as we look forward, we are excited about other significant ways we can serve and contribute outside of elected office. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2009.

"Susan and I wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who have supported and encouraged us. I remain intensely interested in the future of our Commonwealth, and will continue to advocate for ideas, issues, solutions and candidates that I believe are essential for us to effectively compete and succeed. Republican leadership in our State has initiated far-reaching positive changes and we have joined with forward-thinking people from across party lines to make Virginia a better place to live, work, learn and raise a family. I am pleased to have been able to be a part of that progress.

"In the future, I will continue to advance key goals that I believe are essential for us to be a land of opportunity for all: quality education with accountability; affordable, reliable American energy; safe and secure communities; embracing the advances in innovation for competitiveness, economic development and job creation. And, I remain standing strong, championing the cause of freedom so that someday all the people of the world may be blessed as we are to live in a country that respects freedom of religion and expression, with their God-given rights protected under the rule of law."

By Tim Craig  |  January 8, 2008; 11:21 AM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , Tim Craig  
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Thank you for this story.

The "potential" nominating fight in the Republican party for the 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial election is something that I have been following very closely this past year. Wondering whether Allen would make a run of it? Would McDonnell and Bolling decide to say put in their current roles of AG & LG? Would the entrance of other candidates further cloud the field? Thank goodness that a potentially devastating battle for Republicans has been averted.

I believe that George Allen is an excellent public servant. His leadership as Governor and in the US Senate should be duly noted. From the abolition of parole, truth in sentencing, educational standards, and fiscal responsibility, Allen represented the common sense conservatives that led me to the Republican Party as a first time voter in the 90s.

However, today is a truly bright day for Virginia's future and the future of the Republican Party. With this announcement, the GOP can move to a fresh-face and get a new start. I believe that the "right man" for the job is Bob McDonnell. He has already proven as much in his time as a leader in Virginia.

McDonnell has the experience, track record, list of accomplishments, and likeability to be a formidable force for the GOP in 2009. He is well positioned geographically as well. The current Attorney General grew up in Northern Virginia, served in the US military, was educated at Notre Dame, raised his family in Hampton Roads, and has strong support across the Commonwealth. Now, as Attorney General, he is working hard for the people of this state on a daily basis on issues that are important to all of us. Look at his record: child safety, combating identity theft and sexual predators, combating hunger while working with Virginia food banks, protecting seniors and victims of domestic violence, protecting property rights, and government & regulatory reform. Almost daily, I read a story about McDonnell working across party lines to do something good for Virginia.

This is a great day for republicans in the Commonwealth. Moreover, it is a great day for Virginia.

Posted by: Charles | January 8, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree with more with the previous poster. Bob McDonnell grew up in northern Virginia, graduated high school in Fairfax County, and raised his kids in Hampton Roads. He has worked on meaningful issues as AG that impact Virginians in a positive way like protecting kids from sexual predators and fighting identity theft and he would make an excellent governor.

Unlike Bolling, he is respected by members of both political parties and I look forward to supporting him in 2009.

Posted by: Beth from Old Town | January 8, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

George Allen served Virginia well as a Congressman, Governor and Senator, and he deserves our thanks for his many years of dedication to the Commonwealth.

As we look to the future, the other commenters are right. Bob McDonnell is the right person to take Virginia forward and serve as our next Governor. I hope he runs, and I think he will have a great chance of winning.

Posted by: James City County | January 8, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

2009 is so last year. What's he doing in 2013?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

LG Bolling is the much stronger candidate. While AG McDonnell has been pigeonholed as a creature of the far right. Bolling has developed a long record of accomplishment on non-traditional Republican issues that will play well in the general election.

In the state senate, he sponsored the Kids First legislation to crack down on deadbeat dads, he wrote the bill that created a children's health insurance program, led the fight against out-of-state waste and steered the historic agreement to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

As Lieutenant Governor, he has championed cervical cancer education, asthma awareness, and general healthy living.

Posted by: Phantom08 | January 8, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I believe that LG Bolling is the strongest candidate for Governor. He has demonstrated a genuine concern over the wants and needs of his fellow Virginians, which is demonstrated by his 100 ideas campaign. Likewise, he has a proven record of success in both the State Senate and as LG. He has promoted conservative legislation, and has likewise promoted healthier living among Virginians. I look forward to voting for him in 2009.

Posted by: wahoowa | January 9, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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