Va. tea party leader Radtke weighing U.S. Senate run
Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and lead organizer of Virginia's first tea party convention, said in an interview she is considering running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2012.
Radtke said she had considered running for state senate in 2011 but after the successful tea party convention ,which drew an estimated 2,800 people to Richmond and brought her considerable attention this fall, she began thinking about the U.S. Senate instead.
Radtke said she has been speaking to business leaders, tea party activists and social conservatives to seek advice. "I've been very encouraged by the response and look to make a decision pretty quickly,'' she said.
At least four other Republicans are interested in running against Democrat Sen. Jim Webb -- if he seeks reelection: former senator and governor George Allen; Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors; Del. Bob Marshall (Prince William) and Bert Mizusawa, a businessman and attorney who ran against congressman-elect Scott Rigell in Hampton Roads.
The Republican party's governing board recently decided to hold a primary to nominate its candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, not a convention. A primary is believed to favor Allen, who has better name recognition across the state and is expected to have an easier time raising money.
| December 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Bob Marshall, Corey Stewart, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate
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