Allen to pass on GOP convention
July 3rd, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Allen to pass on GOP convention

(CNN) – George Allen, who's running in a heated Senate race in Virginia, will not be attending the Republican National Convention in August, his campaign confirmed Tuesday.

"Since we are locked in a close race and can't be in two places at once, the focus will continue to be listening and meeting with Virginia families, veterans, and small business leaders on the campaign trail," campaign spokeswoman Emily Davis said.

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The candidate will instead give his delegate spot to another Republican for the convention in Tampa, Florida.

Allen, also a former governor of the state, is trying to recapture the Senate seat he once held prior to losing re-election in 2006. He's running against Democrat Tim Kaine, a fellow former governor and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Polls have showed the two candidates in a neck-and-neck race for much of the last year, and their contest is widely expected to be one of the most closely-watched Senate races this fall.

Both are vying for the seat soon to be vacated by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who's retiring after one term.

Asked if his campaign would call on Kaine to ditch the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, the campaign said they had no plans of making such a challenge.

Several Democrats facing elections this year have announced in recent weeks they plan to skip their party's convention.

However, Allen joins the relatively few Republicans who have made similar decisions for their own party's big gathering.

Heather Wilson, a GOP Senate candidate in New Mexico and former U.S. congresswoman, said last week she will not be attending. Her announcement came days after another Senate candidate out of Montana, Rep. Denny Rehberg, said he would not be making the trip to Tampa. Both cited a need to stay in their states and campaign.

The Washington Post first reported news of Allen's decision against going to the convention.


Filed under: 2012 • George Allen • Republican National Convention • Senate • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "How will FOXPAC spin this for the mouthbreathers to digest as suddenly a smart thing to do....."
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    That's easy. They will say that the Democrats made them do it. That they had to go home and defend their home turfs from liberal invasions.

    July 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    "How will FOXPAC spin this for the mouthbreathers to digest as suddenly a smart thing to do....."
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    That's easy. They will say that the Democrats made them do it. That they had to go home and defend their home turfs from liberal invasions.
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    You do realize the Democrat Convention features President Obama????? The GOP Convention features a candidate. BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!! Hello there, you are talking OBAMA. Wow, find your logic.

    July 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:

    Re-Elect George .... That is if you want a job. Drink some Tea.
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    Curious. The last time voters did that 8 million people lost their jobs.

    July 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Fiscal Responsibility is going to the Republician Convention "

    Too bad he skipped in 2000 and 2004 because he was busy at meth rehab.

    July 3, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    He's terrified to be seen with mittens as he KNOWS his chances will go from "slim to none" to "a snowball in Hades".

    July 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Can't say I blame him. The smell would knock a buzzard off a rotting elephant.

    July 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Lisa P

    dnick47

    We all know from the teabaggers that that is not the real reason – cclose race I mean – but that he wants to distance himself from Romney and the GOP agenda.
    July 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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    Sure it's not the other way around? Maybe Mitt and the GOP want "Mr. Macaca" anywhere near their convention. What would Asian and Hispanic voters (basically the same group, according to the Romney campaign) think? Got to wonder if Allen was "encouraged" not to attend...

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    There MUST be room for him somewhere! Even though the convention is in Tampa, governor skeletor has not been invited into the inner-circles. Organizers have agreed to let him greet visitors at TIA though! LOL! It's funny 'cause it's true!

    July 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    And well dang. I'm not going to a convention either. BUT, Fiscal Responsibility is going to the Republician Convention and Big Spender is going to the Democrat Convention. If Big Spender want's Fiscal Responsibility's money they are out of luck. Better luck next year, uh Century. Vote responsibility. Re-Elect George and Elect Mitt. That is if you want a job. Drink some Tea.

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    Ray, could you repeat that – without the pigeon English!

    July 3, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis wrote:

    You do realize the Democrat Convention features President Obama????? The GOP Convention features a candidate. BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!! Hello there, you are talking OBAMA. Wow, find your logic.
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    I answered the question. "How would FOX try to spin it?" I have predicted it the response correctly, too. What does logic have to do with anything at FOX? Emotions are what FOX tries to manipulate.

    July 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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