The Fight Begins for Allen Supporters
In an interview last night, former governor and U.S. senator George Allen said he probably would not be taking sides in the brewing fight between Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell for the GOP nomination for governor in 2009.
"They are both well qualified and would be outstanding governors," said Allen, who yesterday ruled out his own bid for governor.
Even if the former governor stays on the sidelines, McDonnell and Bolling will immediately start battling to win over his supporters.
McDonnell and Allen, both of whom chair former senator Fred Thompson's presidential campaign in Virginia, have been friends for years. When Allen was governor in the mid 1990s, then delegate McDonnell was one of his close allies in the House.
But some Allen advisers have been upset with McDonnell in recent weeks because he appeared intent on running for governor, even if Allen had planned on it too.
January 9, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
Categories: Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , Tim Craig
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