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Posted at 8:31 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Allen to announce Senate run Monday

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Former senator George Allen (R) will officially announce Monday that he is running to reclaim his old job next year, according to sources close to Allen who were not authorized to speak publicly on his plans.

The former Virginia governor will announce his candidacy to supporters through an email and online video before filing his candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission so he can begin raising money. But he will not launch his campaign publicly until later this year, probably Thomas Jefferson's birthday -- April 13 -- the formal start of his last two U.S. Senate races.

On Sunday, the homepage of his Website simply read: "Stay Tuned."

Allen spokesman Tim Nussbaum did not return messages Sunday.

Allen's candidacy would thrust him into a tough primary fight for the Republican nomination against several possible candidates running to the right of him and a possible rematch with Sen. James Webb (D) in what will likely be one of the most watched Senate races of the nation in 2012.

Webb told The Washington Post in December that he would announce a decision in the first quarter of this year.

As we reported last week, Allen has been calling Republican legislators and business leaders across the state to shore up support for his candidacy.

He has been lining up consultants, interviewing staff and searching for a campaign headquarters in Richmond. He is looking to return to the successes he had in the 1990s, surrounding himself with many of the same advisers and supporters he had during his days as Virginia governor and his first run for Senate.

Allen is talking to former advisers about rejoining him - lead consultant Boyd Marcus, adviser Dan Allen and pollster John McLaughlin, the sources said. Ben Marchi, state director of Americans for Prosperity who announced recently that he is leaving the organization after three years, is expected to become an adviser, too.

Allen is expected to open his campaign headquarters in Richmond - where it was for his first two statewide races. In 2006, he was criticized for moving his campaign headquarters from Richmond to Northern Virginia because some felt he was out of touch with the rest of the state.

Last month, Jamie Radtke, chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, became the first Republican to jump in the race. Radtke, who did not seek a second term as tea party leader last month and who worked for Allen right out of college, challenged him to joint forums.

At least three others have said they 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 U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell.

By Anita Kumar  | January 23, 2011; 8:31 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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Posted by: AlbyVA | January 23, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Great news--employment in the DC area will skyrocket as WaPo hires hundreds for the macaca beat.

Posted by: asdf2 | January 23, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Please be kinder this time around, Mr. Allen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r90z0PMnKwI

Posted by: nrgi | January 23, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Way down south in the land of cotton racists comments are soon forgotten, look away, look away, look away dixie boys.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 24, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse


I wonder if Mr. Allen has learned the true significance of the word "Macaca" since 2006?

I doubt it makes any difference to him!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | January 24, 2011 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Talk about one of the most disgraced men in Virginia. At least this makes the race easier for Democrats, and may even make it easier for Obama in Virginia. Thanks George!

Posted by: lindsaycurren | January 24, 2011 1:52 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that either George Allen or his party supporters can seriously think he's a viable and acceptable candidate. His Macaca slur is only one of several problems. Consider his habit of collecting and flying the Confederate flag? This racist rag is no better than a Nazi flag and anyone thinking it otherwise has no business in public office. Allen and McDonnell make an interesting pair in Virginia to the detriment of the Republican party. The Republican party needs to shed itself of these racist members, not support them.

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | January 24, 2011 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Now that the phoney race card can no longer be thrown around like so much trash, this decent man should be a shoe in. No one even knew what the word macaca meant and the manufactured outrage was pathetic. But the media duly went into its "elect the democrat at any price mode" the last time around, I think they will have a little harder time this time. Allen was a strong candidate for president which is the only reason he was targeted (oh excuse me for using the "t" word).

Posted by: LadyChurchill | January 24, 2011 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Now that the phoney race card can no longer be thrown around like so much trash, this decent man should be a shoe in. No one even knew what the word macaca meant and the manufactured outrage was pathetic. But the media duly went into its "elect the democrat at any price mode" the last time around, I think they will have a little harder time this time. Allen was a strong candidate for president which is the only reason he was targeted (oh excuse me for using the "t" word).

Posted by: LadyChurchill | January 24, 2011 4:41 AM | Report abuse

The dream team for Virginia, McDonnell, Cuccinelli, Macaca Allen and behind the Curtain Pat Robertson pulling the strings.

Everything you need for a journey back to the old Confederacy, religious hucksters, racists, homophobes, misogynists etc.

Start your engines.

Posted by: daniel3715 | January 24, 2011 4:49 AM | Report abuse

...the dems have barney frank;;and if allen wins ((again)) the repus will have theres !!

Posted by: bbccmm | January 24, 2011 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Webb v. Allen, what would macacca do?

Posted by: 44fx2901 | January 24, 2011 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Macaca-boy is back. What fun!

Posted by: kinoworks | January 24, 2011 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Once a macaca, always a macaca...........

Posted by: 2by2 | January 24, 2011 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Bring it on macaca! Jim Webb is going to kick your a**. Can't wait to get my fat, lazy bum and start volunteering for Jim.

Posted by: veloboldie | January 24, 2011 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Bring it on Macaca-fool! Jim Webb is going to kick your a**. Can't wait to get my fat, lazy bum and start volunteering for Jim.

Posted by: veloboldie | January 24, 2011 5:59 AM | Report abuse

After the Kenyan's administration has destroyed the economy, who in their right mind would vote for Webb who is another one of Harry Reid's butt boys.

Posted by: priveye | January 24, 2011 6:06 AM | Report abuse

George, tell me again why in 1969, despite being pro Vietnam War you opted to take your high draft lottery number and run to the nearest law school? Clinton was in the same year, was 1A, and opted for law school though was against the war. He was a "draft dodger" while you were "a hero". PS: I was in ROTC that same period and people resigned in protest of the war. It happened.

Posted by: roscym1 | January 24, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

The only accomplishment of Webb's that I can name is a Wall Street Journal piece that was negative toward minorities.

Should be an interesting race.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 24, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

A poster on this thread (LadyChurchill) apparently gets a lot of her information from the Fox network and/or right-wing rant radio, which Bill O'Reilly described on January 17 as "entertainment" and not a "news forum" subject to "standards."

She says the mainstream media went after Allen (she used the term "targeted") because he wasn't a Democrat, pushing that tired, old and erroneous argument about liberal bias in the media. Uh-huh. Please.

A poster on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website writes that "we" need George back in the public realm. But that can ONLY be true if "we" means:

* big businessmen like the plutocratic Koch brothers;
* and coal companies who want to use up their human resources with impunity and pollute without regulation or consequence;
* and Wall Street rogues who want government to ensure their private profits while socializing their losses;
* and people who are racists but don't like or want to publicly acknowledge it.

Allen is what he is; and that's a conservative committed to greed and irresponsible fiscal policies that get foisted onto the public.

And he has some genuine problems with race (though he denies it) and even more serious problems telling the truth.

Here's George on Meet the Press, lying (again) about the "macaca" incident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRfP3vj8Gl8

Allen can only be described as a "decent man" if his work as a politician is to help "form a more perfect union" and "promote the general welfare" of those he serves. But that is not his history nor is it his nature.

Allen is a plutocrat, and that's why he is tying himself to the perversely-named Americans for Prosperity, because he plans to dip deep into the pockets of the billionaire, right-wing reactionary Koch brothers and their cronies. (And, naturally, hide the contributions.)

While the rich and corporate scofflaws want Allen in office to do their bidding "We, the people" do not need George Allen ever again.

Posted by: DrDemocracy | January 24, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks George, this guarantees Virginia re-elects Jim Webb and President Obama in 2012!!!

Posted by: starpopper | January 24, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

go macaca. honkyour horn

Posted by: pofinpa | January 24, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Macaca 2012!

Posted by: Garak | January 24, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

He said "macaca".
Really? He thought we'd forget?
We can do better.

Posted by: wiccan | January 24, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I see all the "progressives" who are always so quick to give a second chance or to defend bigoted comments by Dems are equally quick to slam Allen. Your hypocrisy would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Posted by: dtysko | January 24, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

One word...Macaca...the bigot thinks we have forgotten.

Posted by: hsolares | January 24, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Allen campaign slogans:
1) Because Virginia isn't backward enough!
2) I hate NoVA!
3) It's time to punish NoVA!
4) Smart taxes: Eliminate all taxes in RoVA and triple them in NoVA.
5) Hating people in NoVA is a family value.
6) REPEAL THE FIRST AMENDMENT!!!
7) There is no place in politics for civil discourse.
8) It's not backwards, it's retro.
9) Either you are 100% with me or you hate America.
10) Thomas Jefferson was not a founding father...

Posted by: Tiki79 | January 24, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Is he going to claim to have gone to "sensitivity training" and exorcized his racism, or will he simply embrace it counting on the "Dixieland" part of VA to elect an unrepentant racist?

Posted by: John1263 | January 24, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Of course this actually should set up a primary battle for the gop v. tea-oh-pee in VA.

Posted by: John1263 | January 24, 2011 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Attention all hypocrites, racism is not what you say, it is what you do! And i am sure by your hateful and ignorant hyperbole that you discriminate in your own actions. A cheater knows a cheater and it sounds like this group of crazies has certainly found a breeding ground. George Allen is a smart and strong leader who used a single poor choice of words. Compare that to what each of you does and lives each day. He was a great Governor and Webb has simply not performed. He has been a ghost. This paper is getting unreadable.

Posted by: doyouktt | January 24, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse


What Allen said is TRUE. Washington IS full of "macacca" trash and MOST of them are posting their objections to his ID'ing them on this board.

Posted by: notintx | January 24, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

It is absolutely amazing what is crawling out from the bottom of the GOP swamp now! Allen...Gingrich....Bachmann....Guiliani.....Huckabee.... although any one of them could beat Palin! All we need to hear now is that Sharron Angyl and Jan Brewer are sending out exploratory teams to see if THEY have a chance in the Senate or the Oval Office! Pathetic!

Posted by: cashmere1 | January 24, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

and George... don't forget to hide all of your nooses! They would be bad for an Allen campaign if one was found hanging in your office! (They STILL do strange things down South!)

Posted by: cashmere1 | January 24, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Well .........Allen should get ready to non-stop smear and attack stories from the left-wing jounolists at the POST.......

Of course the POST won't run any stories on their hero Obama calling for Hispanics.....to "punish our enemies" referring to Republicans...

But I'm sure we will read and re-read many stories on Allen's macacca incident.....

Posted by: allenridge | January 24, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Go away, you cannot have it back. You were the worst. Maybe you and that bigger failure Gilmore can start a Conservative sink tank.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | January 24, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

This is a bad move by Allen for at least three reasons.

1) He has to know that WaPo and the other local media up here are salivating at the thought of getting another chance to take him down. Welcome to feeding frenzy, part deux. WaPo deservedly lost most of what credibility it had with non-liberals in how it covered the McDonnell race two years ago. But WaPo is still a big player in the groupthink media, and as Allen knows all too well, can drive a narrative relentlessly. The best thing Allen can do is have a long sit-down with McDonnell and go to school about how to respond to a hostile media. Cuz a hostile media is what's waiting for him. I doubt Allen will prove as nimble as McDonnell when the WaPo Metro section decides to really go after him.

2) Because of the Tea Party challenge he's likely to get, Allen will have to run to the Right. That may not hurt him in most parts of the state, but it may well kill him up here. Webb is not a liberal. True, he has backed Obama on most big ticket items in the end. But he has displayed the demeanor of a moderate. On the one hand, it's true that this kind of moderate tone doesn't endear him to Arlington/Alexandria liberals. But whatever enthusiasm problem on the far left that Webb has will be compensated by having Allen as an opponent. NoVa liberals will enthusiastically vote for anyone if it means not voting for Allen, particularly with Allen likely having to run to his right to fend off the TPM favorite. Allen will singlehandedly solve Webb's problems on the left.

3) I don't sense much clamor to dump Webb. Just because Republicans swept to power in 2009 in Virginia, and 2010 nationally, doesn't mean that the ground is fertile for a groundswell against Webb, or for Allen. Allen will need to create a groundswell, but that'll be tough because all the baggage is on his side of the ledger. Webb hasn't given Allen a lot of material to work with, unless Allen thinks Webb's vote for ObamaCare will be enough to turn the tables. I don't think so.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | January 24, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Cant the GOp find a fresh new face? It just shows that whoever has the money will go at it...not who is best for the job...he is a "has been"...but can probably win in this good old boy dixie state.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 24, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

F this right wing POS and anyone who votes for him.

Posted by: mack1 | January 24, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than watching this racist scumbag looking to return to Washington would be for Tom Delay to make a return once he gets out of the pokey.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 24, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Allen is a proven loser.
He is just like ehrlich, who just couldn't stay away from the chance at another term to build his rep for lobbying work later.
The US Senate is not an entitlement program for children of NFL coachs who already had a turn at public office and then lost for good reason.

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 24, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The GOP always lives in the past.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 24, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow.

mbcnewspaper spouts out the tired, worn out cliche' about the so-called liberal media bias. Either mbcnewspaper has been given a serious dose of conservative groupthink, or s/he is deliberating perpetuating myth and pimping the public.

Bob McDonnell is exactly what the press reported he was; a conservative politician. And, anyone who's been following McDonnell in office knows that he is pursuing the same conservative strategies of borrowing-and-spending, of saying one thing and doing another.

McDonnell poses as a "Christian" but he has little or no understanding of what the Gospels teach. He is a supply-sider who routinely talks about balanced budgets while supporting policies that bloat deficits and transfer money from the public treasury to plutocrats.

George Allen will get the media scrutiny that he deserves.

And Bob McDonnell requires a far closer look than he's getting.

Posted by: DrDemocracy | January 24, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Senator "MACACA" is banking that the people of Va have a short memory... Or he's feeling empowered by the Teabaggers...


Posted by: demtse | January 24, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy. If there is one bonafide as*shole in American politics, it's George "Macaca" Allen. Don't the citizens of Virginia have more wholesome leaders to choose from?

Posted by: heuristic77 | January 24, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

This probably is a good time in America to run on a racist platform, so this is a wise move on his part.

Posted by: sharedgum | January 24, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"Well .........Allen should get ready to non-stop smear and attack stories from the left-wing jounolists at the POST.......

Of course the POST won't run any stories on their hero Obama calling for Hispanics.....to "punish our enemies" referring to Republicans...

But I'm sure we will read and re-read many stories on Allen's macacca incident...."

****

Of course idiots like allenridge here would falsely equate a statement that Obama made to that blatantly racist one that Allen made.

Hey allenridge, I hate to break it to you. The reason the Republican party is considered the party of racists and bigots, is because the party is comprised of mostly racists and bigots.

Obama was simply pointing out what everyone already knows. That Republicans are unrepentant in their hatred of any minority. "Punishing" them for their racism. Yes it is that simple.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 24, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Has anybody told poor Macaca that we now have an African-American president who is doing a terrific job? He might think twice before uttering anymore racist comments!

Posted by: reaganbluedogs | January 24, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

George Allen's political career was destroyed because of his use of a disgusting racist epithet. Let's just leave it that way. Go away George. Not even the Teabaggers want anything to do with you.

Posted by: heuristic77 | January 24, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

welcome back macaca.

Posted by: mtravali | January 24, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Macaca Goldstein thinks he can win?

Can't the Republican party find someone better than this?

Posted by: steve1231 | January 24, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Why can't Michael Steele move to VA and run for the Senate. The people of VA no doubt deserve to see the three ring circus that us Marylanders got to witness in 2006.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 24, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

To say he was a mediocre senator the first time around would be an insult to all average people everywhere.

You can do better Virginia. In fact, you would probably have to make a concerted effort to do worse.

Posted by: exco | January 24, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

George Allen's father was the Redskin's coach, other than that what has George Allen ever done to justify a senate run. If the same man's name was Bitzfalk no one would even consider him as qualified.

Posted by: jp1943 | January 24, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

One word comes to mind regarding George Allen - arrogance. He has nothing to offer except his sense of entitlement. Why not go get a real job and find out how the rest of us live.

Posted by: jp1943 | January 24, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

he could win now that republican racist rhetoric is accepted and out in the open.

Posted by: calif-joe | January 24, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Really? This is the best Republican's in Virginia can do? Really?

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 24, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

A terrible governor whose policies destroyed the state economy, then a terrible senator who voted for awful, awful legislation. I'm tempted to move back to VA just so I can vote against this jackass one more time and help the people of Virginia tell him one more time that he sucks.

Posted by: scabby | January 24, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

What a Macacamamey idea!

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | January 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What a Macacamamey idea!

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | January 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What everybody is forgetting is that this guy was a jerk way before "Macaca". The confederate flags hanging in his office. Keeping his Jewish heritage a secret to look more American. Hunting in State Parks as governor. The world is being damaged enough just letting this guy run a family, much less a nation.

Posted by: joshlct | January 24, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-MA Macaca

Posted by: StikeDC1 | January 24, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Allen, your day is past. Just go away.

Posted by: builder701 | January 24, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Allen, your day is past. Just take your old ideas and go away.

Posted by: builder701 | January 24, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

He lost his seat because he sucks. That much hasn't changed.

Jim Webb has done a really good job on the other hand.

Posted by: Nymous | January 24, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Political observers talk openly about George Allen not being the sharpest knife in the drawer. His intellectual mediocrity makes him a perfect fit for the Senate.

Posted by: wrw01011 | January 24, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 24, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Allen, your day is past. Just take your old ideas and go away.

Posted by: builder701 | January 24, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

And you just thought that 'ole virginnie' was about carrying guns in forests, selling more booze in grocery stores and 7/11's, avoiding taxing cigerattes, etc, etc, Hey George is nothing more than southern good old boys who long for the return to the confederacy.

Posted by: KBlit | January 24, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh goody, Mr. Macaca is back. Guess he thinks all is forgotten. It's not just his macaca moment that makes him undesirable.

Posted by: ggwalt | January 24, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You go for it George. Show them all how wrong they are. When it comes to legislation you are light years ahead of Webb. Webb has voted almost 100% with Harry Reid and Obama. Even Republicans know how to cross over and vote for what is right for America. I wish you success.

Posted by: pechins | January 24, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh boy! Time to dust off the pointy white hats and fake nooses!

Posted by: bob29 | January 24, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Why can't these people get a real job?

Posted by: daburge | January 24, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

YEEEEE HAAWW!!!! Thanks to George Allen we'll be able to bring out the sheets and the Stars and Bars!! It'll be open season on the Negro, and I'll be able to proudly display my noose!!

MACACA!! HELL YEAH!!

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | January 24, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

YEEEEEEE HAW!!! With George Allen back, the faithful will be able to break out the white linen and the Stars and Bars!! I can proudly display my hangman's noose and other instruments of ethnic cleansing!! It'll be open seaon on the Negro!!

MACACA '12!! HELL YEZZZZZ!!

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | January 24, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Webb - Born Fightin!

Allen - Born With a Silver Spoon in His Mouth!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | January 24, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

George Allen is a penis with ears.

MACACA!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 24, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Senata Byrd would be so proud of his fellow clucker.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | January 24, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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