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Posted at 2:20 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Corey Stewart: George Allen had 'mediocre' senate record

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

The latest bit of evidence that former Sen. George Allen (R) won't face a smooth path to the GOP nomination for his old job in 2012, presuming he seeks to win back the office he lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006 (and everyone presumes he will):

In a television interview Monday, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart says he thinks Allen had a "mediocre" record in the senate and will find that his "base has moved on."

On NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt on NewsChannel 8, Stewart acknowledged that he is "very seriously considering" running for the job himself. Stewart has been in the news over the last few days because of a legal analysis of his signature "Rule of Law" proposal by fellow Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that found the proposed legislation wanting.

Stewart predicted that Allen will formally announce in January that he's running for the senate.

"Sen. Allen was a great governor of Virginia--he really was," Stewart told DePuyt. "But his record in the United States Senate was mediocre. And I don't think most people in Virginia think of him as a great United States senator. They think of him as a great governor."

Watch the clip below:

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 29, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Corey Stewart, George F. Allen, Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

I agree with Mr Stewart on this. Allen was a backbencher who was trotted out whenever the R's needed a pretty face to show up on Hardball or something similar. After all, I do not believe that an animal called the Allen Act or the Allen Initiative exists in the United States Code.

Posted by: mhjhahkh | November 29, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr Stewart on this. Allen was a backbencher who was trotted out whenever the R's needed a pretty face to show up on Hardball or something similar. After all, I do not believe that an animal called the Allen Act or the Allen Initiative exists in the United States Code.

Posted by: mhjhahkh | November 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr Stewart on this. Allen was a backbencher who was trotted out whenever the R's needed a pretty face to show up on Hardball or something similar. After all, I do not believe that an animal called the Allen Act or the Allen Initiative exists in the United States Code.

Posted by: mhjhahkh | November 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree. George Allen has had his moment; it's time for a new face and less baggage. I don't know if Mr. Stewart is that guy, but let's have a scrum and find out.

Posted by: mliggan | November 30, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Totally disagree with Mr. Stewart. George 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.

It's unfortunate that so few Senators shared that commitment -- but that's certainly no reflection on Allen.

Just compare Allen to our current Va. senators. 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. And I hope other states will elect more like him.

Posted by: jrmil | November 30, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hold on there, JR: Allen was complicit in all the big government conservatism that came out of the Congress during his years in the Senate, cheerleading for it all and never leading against it. Allen was a go-along member of the GOP majority that lost power because it lots its principles.

Posted by: jefffrederick | November 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

George Allen voted for two wars but didnt pay for them. He voted for a tax cut without offsets. He voted for Medicare D but, yet again, didnt pay for it. He voted to give the federal government powers to wiretap citizens and circumvent the law. He was a not a good conservative, good senator, or good for Virginia. Does he think we forgot. Nothing has changed. he is the definition of more of the same whether its directed at the past two years or ten. Im not on board with stewart - I dont know much about him. Im for an intelligent independent conservative, so not George Allen.

Posted by: pnazaroff | December 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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