Allen announcement expected soon on Senate run
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.
| January 17, 2011; 7:16 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate
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