Updated: Some Republicans who oppose Allen form Facebook page
Some Virginia conservative Republicans and tea party activists have formed a Facebook page opposing a comeback by former Senator and Governor George Allen, who is contemplating running against Sen. Jim Webb in 2012.
As of Monday afternoon, 103 people liked the "Republicans AGAINST a George Allen 'comeback' page."
They include Jeff Frederick, former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia; Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and lead organizer of the recent state convention in Richmond (who used to work for Allen); Karen Hurd, founder of a Hampton Roads tea party group; and Shaun Kenney; a conservative blogger and member of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
Update, 5:45 p.m. Radtke, who worked for Allen for a year when he was governor after she graduated from college, said she thinks it's time for a new candidate to step forward. She blamed Allen for being part of "George Bush's expansion of government" when he was senator and said she was concerned about some of his stances on abortion.
Many support Republican Del. Bob Marshall, who almost beat former governor Jim Gilmore for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008, and is considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2012.
A second Facebook page -- Draft George Allen -- was formed in response on Oct. 9, the day Allen was greeted warmly at the tea party convention. It has 326 members, triple the number as the other page.
We're loath to hit the "like" button on either of these pages ourselves, which hides from us most of the members and who formed the groups. But anyone who knows who's behind them or has an opinion about them, let us know in the comments section below.
We've reached out to Allen's office for a comment but have yet to hear back.
| October 18, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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