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July 11, 2012
Richmond, VA – Yesterday, on a radio show based in his home state of California, former Senator George Allen discussed the impending sequestration cuts that his budget-busting fiscal recklessness helped necessitate, calling them “another example of poor leadership.”
“Poor leadership?” We’re pretty sure George Allen knows a thing or two about that.
“Poor leadership” is driving up the nation’s deficits and debt like Allen did as Senator and then leaving future leaders to clean up your mess.
“Poor leadership” is digging in your heels and calling for Republicans to use the debt crisis as “leverage” like Allen did when countless members of both parties – including Governor Bob McDonnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – have called for compromise.
“Poor leadership” is contributing to the downgrade of the nation’s credit rating like Allen did by refusing to stand up for a bipartisan agreement to pay for the spending he voted for in the first place.
“Poor leadership” is pointing your finger at others for political gain like George Allen has done instead of taking responsibility for the fiscal recklessness that helped run up our debt in the first place.
“Poor leadership” is maxing out the nation’s credit card like Allen did in the Senate and then complaining about the cuts that resulted in an effort to deal with his runaway spending.
Despite his blame-shifting rhetoric, George Allen had six years to put this country on a better fiscal path and he wound up making this worse. Virginians can’t afford to trust him with another six. ###
July 12, 2012
Richmond, VA – This afternoon the Republican Party of Virginia released statements from Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli condemning looming defense cuts that are part of the deal negotiated by Congress to force automatic cuts after the failure of the bipartisan “supercommittee.”
The release condemns the deal as a threat to national security and Virginia’s economy. It does not however state whether the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and condemned him personally for negotiating the deal and ensuring its passage, or if they decided to let him find out like the rest of us.
Also missing from the release is an explanation of how Republican congressmen Scott Rigell, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, Frank Wolf and Rob Wittman responded to their own party attacking them for voting to “weaken national security” as McDonnell says they did.
McDonnell, Cuccinelli and Bolling’s rabid, bipartisan attack on the debt deal would be bad enough if it didn’t conveniently dismiss the reason the deal was necessary – Republican refusal to prioritize the needs of, as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta put it, “the poor, middle-class Americans, homeowners and other vulnerable parts of our American constituencies,” ahead of big oil companies and millionaires benefitting from taxpayer handouts.
Finally, the GOP press release today also did not cover how any Republican who has endorsed former Senator George Allen to return to the U.S. Senate can talk about responsible spending with a straight face.
It is after all Allen’s gross fiscal recklessness that helped turn a record surplus into a massive deficit, add $3 trillion to the federal debt and set the stage for the debt deal in the first place.
There is no denying that the public needs responsible adults to come to the table and find a balanced approach to meeting this challenge. Regrettably that’s more than they can expect from Republicans like McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli. ###
April 19, 2012
by Brian Coy
Richmond, VA – As Tim Kaine held a roundtable with veterans yesterday and earned the endorsement of VETPAC, a national veterans group dedicated to standing up for those who serve, one of his Republican opponents George Allen continued his reelection strategy of denying his record of voting against veterans programs and benefits like TRICARE.
Yesterday, Allen told a Norfolk TV station, “I think it’s absolutely wrong for America to do anything other than keep her promises to veterans and families for the benefits they have earned. That’s my record, that’s my promise, that’s my pledge, and that’s what I aim to do as a US Senator.”
The only problem?
During his six years in the Senate, Allen voted against investments in programs like TRICARE, health care for troops, and housing assistance. Allen’s newfound commitment would be a lot easier to believe if he had the record to back it up.
“It should come as no surprise that George Allen repeatedly chose to protect corporate tax loopholes for special interests while voting to deny investments in our veterans’ health care, but it is disturbing that he is so comfortable flat out denying that record,” said DPVA Executive Director David Mills.
“Between his claims of fiscal responsibility after he voted for $3 trillion in new debt and to raise his own pay and his continued effort to paper over his votes against the best interests of men and women who serve, Virginians simply can’t trust the words that come out of George Allen’s mouth. Fortunately, the votes speak for themselves, even if they tell a markedly different story than Allen’s campaign rhetoric.”
ALLEN VOTED AGAINST MEASURES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR VETERANS AND TROOP HEALTH CARE BENEFITS, INCLUDING TRICARE:
ALLEN VOTED AGAINST INCREASED FUNDING FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:
ALLEN VOTED AGAINST EXEMPTING MILITARY PERSONNEL & VETERANS FROM MEANS TESTING IN BANKRUPTCY CASES:
ALLEN VOTED AGAINST TAX CREDITS FOR HIRING HOMELESS VETERANS:
March 26, 2012
Brian Coy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond, VA – As families and businesses across Virginia and the nation cope with rising gas prices, the U.S. Senate is considering a logical step to eliminate taxpayer giveaways to the largest U.S. oil companies that reap huge profits while Americans suffer.
The commonsense Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act is an important opportunity for elected leaders and candidates running for office to demonstrate that they stand with Virginia families and refuse to shower highly profitable oil companies with more taxpayer money. Or it should be anyway.
Unfortunately, George Allen is running for reelection on a record of voting for these exact types of taxpayer handouts to oil companies and a platform of defending them, ridiculing efforts to repeal them and attacking clean, renewable energy and the jobs that come with it.
“George Allen’s entire career has been defined by his loyalty to big oil companies that pay his salary and bankroll his campaigns, and his reelection campaign is no different,” said DPVA Executive Director David Mills. “As Virginians pay more and more to big oil companies at the pump, they deserve better than a Senator who thinks highly profitable oil companies deserve billions of their tax dollars too.”