Tracker fear and loathing in Virginia senate race
September 29th, 2011
05:48 PM ET
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Tracker fear and loathing in Virginia senate race

Washington (CNN) – Tracking trackers is the order of the day in the Virginia senate race as Republican George Allen runs to recapture the seat he lost in 2006, arguably as a result of the moment that made trackers famous.

Virginia Democrats claim the former governor and senator has something to hide. Meanwhile, Allen's team says it's "disappointing, but not surprising" that Democrats are using the tactic of sending trackers to his events, forcing them to remove them.

And that is the subject of a new web video that shows Democratic supporters getting the boot at five different GOP campaign events.

The Virginia Democratic Party, which released the video Wednesday, pointed to websites that promoted the events as open to the public. But, with camera in hand, the Democratic tracker attending each meeting was asked to leave.

"What's George Allen trying to hide?" the video asked.

Asking campaign trackers to leave an event is not unusual, especially as footage from the events can be spun as ammunition against opponents.

The fact that the state Democratic party is dogging Allen with trackers or that Allen's campaign deems it necessary to remove them should not surprise. Allen's 2006 race was where "trackers" became a household name (at least in political households), as his bid for re-election was derailed after he used the derogatory term "macaca" for an individual of Indian descent "tracking" or filming him at a campaign event.

The tracker had been volunteering for Allen's challenger, Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.

"It's disappointing, but not surprising, that Chairman Kaine and his allies see this as a central focus, while families across Virginia continue to struggle under the failed policies that he championed as President Obama's hand-picked head of the Democratic National Committee," said Bill Riggs, Allen campaign spokesman, in response to the video.

The Kaine campaign says they do not have a tracker on Allen.

A source with knowledge of the Virginia Democratic Party's activities said the tracker in the video is an employee of the party.

Filed under: George Allen • Jim Webb • Virginia
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Seattle Sue

    If George Allen has nothing to hide, why should he care who comes to his events? We found out that Mr. Allen is a racist the last time he was running for an office and I bet Mr. Allen has not changed his spots.

    September 30, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Martha in CF

    The Redumblicans are becoming paranoid now??????

    September 30, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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