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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 11/30/2010

McDonnell defends Allen against Stewarts's 'mediocre' remark

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

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."

By Anita Kumar  | 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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Allen was not a mediocre senator; he was a terrible one - and the dumbest since Bill Scott held that distinction in the 70s.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | November 30, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Gov. McDonnell's analysis is right on point. Allen was a consistent voice for common sense and fiscal restraint during his term in the U.S. Senate, just as he had been during his term as Governor.

And compare Allen to our current U.S. senators from Va. Jim Webb and Mark Warner often talk like centrists, but they have voted for the big-government Obama/Reid agenda at every turn. By contrast, George Allen not only advocated for smaller government and individual liberty, but he voted that way as well.

I would welcome Allen's return to represent Virginia in the Senate.

Posted by: jrmil | November 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure George Allen's senate record backs a common sense and fiscal restraint narrative. Certainly he didn't advocate for smaller government or individual liberty.

He voted for two wars. Fine. However he didn't pay for either of them. He voted for those tax cuts without any outsets. He put in Medicare part D without paying for it. All those debts add up and have been collecting interest since. I need someone to explain the fiscal restraint there.

I cant give you the individual liberty thing either. The Patriot Act was the largest government intrusion into the private lives of its citizens, ever. Whats supportive of liberty about walking lock step with an administration that allowed for the illegal wiretaps on American citizens. Please help me understand what I'm so clearly missing about his tenure in the Senate.

This blanket conservative narrative carries no water. George Allen has only distinguished himself as a fool.

Posted by: pnazaroff | December 1, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The effect of an Allen comeback against a tenderfoot like M. Warner would be ineffable, but I'd certainly settle for a hard-earned victory by the affable football aficionado...
G-E-A-U-X Peyton! G-E-A-U-X Allen!

Posted by: bava84 | December 3, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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