McDonnell defends Allen against Stewarts's 'mediocre' remark
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was quick to defend his longtime friend George Allen against a biting remark by Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, who called Allen a "mediocre" senator.
"I think a lot of George Allen,'' McDonnell said on his monthly radio show Tuesday on WTOP. "I served with him in the legislature when he was governor. He was the most dynamic governor of the modern age. I think he was an exceptional governor. He was a very good senator."
Allen, Stewart and fellow Republicans, Del. Bob Marshall (Prince William) and Bert Mizusawa, who ran against Rep.-elect Scott Rigell in the primary for the Hampton Roads area seat, are considering running for U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's seat in 2012. Webb (D) has yet to announce whether he's running for reelection.
McDonnell recently told The Hotline that he believes Allen will run. "He's got a great story to tell and he loves being involved in the political process, and he's got great charisma," he said. "He wants to serve again. So it would not surprise me at all to see him back in the hunt here."
But McDonnell said Tuesday that he is "unlikely" to endorse anyone in the GOP primary despite his long history with Allen. "I'll see who's in,'' he said. "I have plenty to do to see that my Republican team wins in a general election."
So does Stewart regret making his comment Monday to Bruce DePuyt on NewsChannel 8 about Allen now that it's gotten so much attention? No way.
The always-outspoken Stewart repeated his remarks today, and said he doesn't worry that McDonnell may back Allen because voters already showed they don't support Allen by voting him out of office in 2006.
"They're old friends,'' Stewart said. "George Allen has a lot of old friends. It's not Bob McDonnell who chooses the next senator from Virginia. It's the electorate. ... And they have already decided Allen had a mediocre term as senator. He needs to move on."
| November 30, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Corey Stewart, Election 2012, George F. Allen, Robert F. McDonnell, U.S. Senate
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