George Allen has picked up yet another high-profile endorsement in his bid to re-take the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Sen. Jim Webb — this time from former presidential candidate and Sen. Fred Thompson.
“I had the privilege of working alongside George Allen when I was in the U.S. Senate and I selected him as co-chair of my Presidential Campaign,” Mr. Thompson said in a statement released by the Allen campaign Wednesday. “He has been a trusted friend and advisor for many years and I know he has the steadfast conservative principles that our country needs in this time of economic crisis. He will spend every day fighting with conviction for the values of Virginians in the U.S. Senate.”
With just three days left until the end of the fundraising quarter, Mr. Allen’s campaign also sent out an e-mail, signed by the Tennessee, urging donors to cough up cash to aid the former governor’s bid. Through June 30, Mr. Allen had raised about $2.8 million and had $1.65 million on hand, while his likely opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine, raised nearly $2.3 million and had about $1.9 million on hand, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
“President Obama and his money bundlers will do whatever it takes to help his hand-picked Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine get elected,” the e-mail reads. George is the only one in this race that has a clear vision and pro-growth plan to make America competitive again and help businesses create millions of new jobs.”
Mr. Allen, who faces a handful of Republican challengers for the GOP nomination, also recently received the endorsements of former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, who campaigned for Allen in 2006, and Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell.