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Allen, Marshall, Stewart to host suites at Republican shindig

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Possible Republican candidates for U.S. Senate will be duking it out next week in that traditional way for Virginia politicians two long years before an election arrives...through competing hospitality suites at the annual Republican Advance.

Former Governor and Senator George Allen, who is weighing a run for the job in 2012, will be hosting a suite during the annual gathering of Republican politicians and activists.

So too will Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who is also considering a run.

And Del. Bob Marshall, who's also acknowledged he's thinking about the seat, will be sharing a suite with former Loudoun Del. Dick Black. Black has said he's running for the state Senate next year.

Hosting a suite at the Advance has long been a way for Republicans to signal their intention to run for big offices, not to mention hob-nob with their fellow party members.

A Republican Party spokesman said the list of suite hosts for this year's event, which will take place in McLean from Nov. 19-20, is not yet complete but a number of rooms have already been booked.

And there are a few other names of note already on the list. Sen. Mark Obenshain's Common Sense political action committee has booked a suite. Obenshain is thought to have statewide ambitions in 2013, including a possible run for Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General, if Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) does not seek reelection.

Steve Hunt, who was defeated in a run for the state Senate by Sen. David Marsden (D) in a special election in Fairfax last year, is also hosting a suite. And Dave Foster, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for attorney general last year, will be hosting a dessert along with his wife Martha--indicating he may be looking at another run for office.

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell (R) will also be greeting Republicans in his own suite--as will soon-to-be U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 10, 2010; 4:16 PM ET
Categories:  Bob Marshall, Corey Stewart, Eric Cantor, George F. Allen, Rosalind Helderman, William Howell  
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