A comment tonight here directed people to George Allen's website. I had not visited this site in quite some time. I urge everyone to visit Allen's site.In all the campaigns I have watched, I have never seen such a negative front page on a website for a candidate before. There are more attacks on Jim Webb when you visit this front page, than positive things for George Allen. Allen's campaign wants to talk issues? What a joke!
During my internship
with Governor Warner, we were given the opportunity to visit Senator
Allen in D.C. Before our trip, Senator Allen - who was once UVA's
quarterback - was informed that one of us played football for UVA.
However, he did not know who it was. As he approached us outside of his
office, he went up to Levar, the only male African American in our
group, and said "What position do you play?" Levar was not the football
player. It was actually Ryan Childress, our old kicker, who played UVA
football. Later, before our photo shoot, Senator Allen ran into his
office, came back outside, and said "Here, catch!" He chucked the
football to Levar. I also find it interesting that he requested that
Levar hold the football with him and Senator Allen, which you can
clearly see in the picture."
I see Phil Kellam's explanation is out. He does really well in the articles (RTD, VP, DP) when his ex-wife explains that he was yelling at the other driver in defense of her. That's much better than the drunken student banging on the hood in the story told by the victim's husband.
But after seeming to brush the issue aside effectively, Kellam attacks the bloggers who broke the story calling it "libelous".
Phil, you pled guilty. The state of North Carolina charged you with a crime, and you said you were guilty. Parsing that is just plain lame.
It has been reported that Dan Cragg was referred to the press by George Allen's campaign to claim Jim Webb had a racial incident in California. That story may now be falling totally apart. From 9 News:
"Dan Cragg, who later worked with Webb at the Pentagon during the Reagan
Administration, says Webb’s account is missing both from the tape
recording and transcript of his interview with the rising star among
Vietnam veterans. Cragg says he doesn’t remember if he erased that part
of the tape or failed to record that part of the interview."
"According to Cragg, when Webb did not publicly repudiate the
allegations against Allen, he decided to "level the playing field."
"When George Allen stood right up and said he had never used that word,
and that just blew me away,” Waring said. “I thought, ‘Boy, you could,
if you had any integrity, you would say yes, I may have made some
mistakes in my youth, in my younger years, but, and I'm sorry.’ But to
hear him lie about it when I know he is lying."
Allen's problem developing now is not the use of racial slurs two decades ago, but his comments on Monday denying it. What was otherwise a good day for him is suddenly turning sour once again!
Here's my NLS advice to George Allen: "As long as you continue to lie about this story, the noose will continue to tighten."
Given Allen's history- that's something he will understand well.