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. Marie MD

    I am pretty sure that "me macaca" won't be missed. As a matter of fact, it's probably a blessing thatnanother racist conservative is not coming.

    July 3, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Ok all you teaparty types that said the Dems were rebuffing Obama by not going to the convention.......lets hear how Repubs are dissing Romney by not attending the convention. Come on.......I'm listening. Lets hear it!

    July 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    well seems what is good for the goose IS good for the gander. We will wait and see what other GOPers decline to go to Tampa.

    July 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. 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 |
  5. Rudy NYC

    vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012 wrote:

    well seems what is good for the goose IS good for the gander. We will wait and see what other GOPers decline to go to Tampa.
    -------------
    You have to say that cliche like Romney did. "What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander." That is the old as dirt form of the phrase, which was used extensively prior to the World War 1.

    July 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. 100 % ETHIO

    Sometimes,...afraid to see those fake friends, who were being thought, All-in.

    July 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. California Gary

    Still listening..........all I'm hearing is crickets. Nothing to say teapartiers?

    July 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Bigot Republican doesn't want to associate with the rest of the klan?

    July 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Whattttt?? A rethug skipping the convention to concentrate on his own reelection???? Say it ain't so??!! I guess they know Robmeys ship is sunk before leaving shore.....

    P.S. How about those gas prices???

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. chris

    Mitt is a lier why would any desent person want to be around a lier?

    July 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Joan

    Oh no. I thought it was only Democrats who were skipping their convention. Guess that was wrong reporting. There will probably be more Republicans not going too. Guess it was all a non-story after all.

    July 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Bob

    Racist fool. Your time is OVER, bub.

    July 3, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. BLKMANinAmerica

    Romney and the vast majority of repuks are just plan LIERS, WHY on earth would anyone follow a known LIER any where?

    July 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    This is hard, I like both men. Tim Kaine is impressive and I can see why President Obama did not pick him for Vice President, he is way more qualified than Obama to be president. Kaine has a B.A. in Economics, is a Lawyer, Mayor of Richmond, Lieutanant Governor and Governor vs Obama who was a part-time lecturer, junior associate in a law firm, summer time lawyer at 2 law firms, community organizer and author of a book. Then there's Allen who has a B.A in History, lawyer and Governor. I tend to lean towards the one with an Economics degree. Hard choice

    July 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. insight iowa

    I'm Republican and I'm passing on Voting for any GOP this year. This Republican, woman, business owner, will be voting a Straight Democratic Ticket.

    July 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. sammieb51

    Who cares? He should pass on running ....

    July 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Wake up people

    @insight iowa.....High five!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Iamnotfooled

    @insight iowa-–smart lady. Most women think that way. We don't want to go back to the fifties.

    July 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. anotherGDlefty

    Oh noes, does this spell the end for Mittens?
    I mean after all that's what they have been saying about democrats that are skipping the convention to campaign.

    How will FOXPAC spin this for the mouthbreathers to digest as suddenly a smart thing to do.....

    July 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    ....Obama who was a part-time lecturer, junior associate in a law firm, summer time lawyer at 2 law firms, community organizer and author of a book.....
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    You forgot future POTUS. Don't forget that Obama was "The Chosen One" from birth.

    July 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't only Democrats not going to their convention. I am sure that there are more GOP members not going to their convention because of close races. That is what is going on and not because they distance themselves from the party candidate.

    July 3, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    @I am not fooled.... I know I don't want to go back to the fifties! Talk about a double whammy..... I'm female and black!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. 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...

    July 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. ge

    its more like a job shippers convention

    July 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. 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.

    July 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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