Updated: Allen criticizes Webb, moves closer to Senate run
Democratic Sen. Jim Webb still hasn't said whether he is running for reelection in 2012, but it increasingly looks like Republican George Allen will jump into the race.
Allen issued one of his first statements Thursday morning criticizing Webb for his recent votes on a pair of bills. In both cases, Webb voted differently than fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner.
Last week, Webb voted against a proposed earmark ban while Warner supported it. This week, Webb voted to allow collective bargaining rights for public safety officers while Warner opposed it.
"For the second time in barely a week, Senator Webb has canceled out Senator Warner's vote on an issue of great importance to Virginians and our Commonwealth's economy,'' Allen said in a statement. "This week, Virginia had no say in the Senate when Senator Webb sided with Washington liberals, like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, canceling out Senator Warner's vote by supporting the forced unionization of public safety workers. Just last week, Virginia had no impact on runaway spending when Senator Webb again broke with Virginians and negated Senator Warner's vote on banning costly earmarks. These votes denied our Commonwealth a voice in the Senate on two key jobs and spending issues and are hopelessly out of touch with the views of the vast majority of Virginians."
Allen has said for months that he is considering running for Senate again. He said this week that he will consider the issue over the holidays and decide something in the "short term."
If he gets into the race, he'll likely face a crowded field. At least four other Republicans are considering a run.
Updated, 1:40 p.m.: Webb's office responds. "Senator Webb is very focused on the important work confronting Congress in the waning days of this session, particularly the efforts to reinvigorate our economy and put Americans back to work," spokesman Will Jenkins said.
| December 9, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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