- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Allen to seek to reclaim Va. Senate seat
A person close to the 58-year-old Allen told the Associated Press that he will make his plans official in a video to be e-mailed Monday afternoon to longtime supporters.
The person was not authorized to pre-empt Allen’s announcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Allen, a former governor and congressman who was once considered a potential Republican presidential contender, lost to Webb by about 9,000 votes after a series of gaffes in a year when his party lost control of Congress to Democrats.
What was considered an easy re-election bid against Webb, a first-time candidate, began its collapse at a campaign rally in August 2006 after Allen referred to a Webb aide of Indian descent as “macaca.” The term is considered an ethnic slur in some cultures.
The videotaped comment was posted on the Internet, made headlines worldwide and was fodder for television talk shows and comedians for days.
Allen’s misfortunes worsened a few weeks later after he fumbled a question during a debate about his mother’s Jewish ancestry. She grew up in German-occupied Tunisia where her father was a member of the anti-Nazi resistance during World War II.
Webb, a decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam War who was a Republican when he served as President Ronald Reagan’s navy secretary, surged as public dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq and then-President George W. Bush’s handling of it intensified, hurting Republicans in the 2006 midterm elections.
Since losing the seat, Allen has worked for the American Energy Freedom Center, subsidized by the nation’s energy industry.
By the time the cowboy boot-wearing, tobacco-chewing former college quarterback unseated two-term Democratic Sen. Chuck Robb in 2000, the GOP controlled both houses of the Virginia General Assembly, the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, both U.S. Senate seats and a majority of Virginia’s 11 U.S. House seats.
On Monday, Allen will join a Republican field with candidates already staking out positions to his right.
Tea party activist Jamie Radtke has already announced her intent to seek the GOP nomination.
Del. Bob Marshall, one of the Virginia legislature’s most conservative members, came close to winning the 2008 GOP Senate nomination and is considering another run next year. Webb has not announced whether he plans to seek reelection and has done little fundraising.
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Vietnam says it may have found door of missing Malaysian jet as intel look into stolen passports
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- CPAC 2014 straw poll results
- FIELDS: Oscars' fantasy on the Left Coast
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again