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Posted at 7:16 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Allen announcement expected soon on Senate run

By Anita Kumar

As we reported earlier, former U.S. senator George Allen is expected to announce soon that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Allen told The Post last month that he would probably announce his decision before Democrat Jim Webb (D) revealed whether he would run for reelection. Webb said in December that he would announce a decision in the first quarter of this year.

In recent weeks, sources say, the former Virginia governor has been interviewing staff. Ben Marchi, the state director of Americans for Prosperity who announced last week that he is leaving the organization after three years, is widely expected to become a top adviser to Allen.

Allen plans to open his campaign headquarters in Richmond, sources say. In 2006, he was criticized for moving his campaign headquarters from Richmond to Northern Virginia because some felt that he was out of touch with the rest of the state.

Allen spokesman Tim Nussbaum did not return messages seeking comment Monday.

Last month, Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, became the first Republican to jump into the race. Radtke, who did not seek a second term as tea party leader in December, mailed in the papers Dec. 23 after talking to family and friends and raising money.

At least three others are interested in running: Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors; Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William); and Bert Mizusawa, a businessman and lawyer who ran against Rigell.

Allen's potential Republican rivals and some conservatives have criticized him as too moderate and part of the establishment.

By Anita Kumar  | January 17, 2011; 7:16 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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It is my understanding that it was Governor George Allen that VETOED the revitalizing of the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond. As a result, 17,000 Confederate graves are in shambles.

What could we expect froim a CALIFORNIAN "come here" to Virginia?

Posted by: aceback | January 17, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually miss George Allen? He was a belligerent lout, a phony and a racist whose legislative record was (fortunately) almost nonexistent.

Posted by: krickey7 | January 18, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Is this guy even a native?

What does he care about this state apart from further enriching his friends and himself.

Don't let this scumbag anywhere near VA again.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | January 18, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"In 2006, he was criticized for moving his campaign headquarters from Richmond to Northern Virginia because some felt that he was out of touch with the rest of the state."

In other words, Allen realizes that the Tea Party does not have a strong presence in NoVA and needs to be closer to them if he hopes to have any chance against Stewart or Marshall.

Posted by: AlligatorArms | January 18, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow....macaca man is hiring Ben Marchi?

What a pair. Both are conservative hypocrites, and both are flacks for right-wing groups like Marchi's former employer, an organization bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers who seek every opportunity to evade environmental regulation and to raid the public treasury.

Politicians like Allen and shills like Marchi spout platitudes about "free" markets, but routinely push policies that privatize profits and socialize losses.

They are advocates of supply-side economics, which is, in effect, a huge Ponzi scheme that funnels money to the wealthy, piles up public debt, and steadily diminishes the standard of living for most people.

George Macaca Allen, and Ben "I'll Do and Say Anything For Money" Marchi.

A pair that Virginia does not need (after all, we already have Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli).

Posted by: DrDemocracy | January 18, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

This information is very helpful to Democrats who can start the race-baiting now.

The Democrats Creed:
This is racist
That is racist
Everything and Everyone
is racist, racist, racist.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | January 18, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Break out the MACACA signs!

Posted by: jismquiff | January 18, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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