It’s official. Former Virginia Governor George Allen will run for the U.S. Senate for the seat currently held by Senator Jim Webb. As a matter of fact, George Allen ran for the same seat in 2006 and lost to Senator Webb. Part of Allen’s problem was a screwed the pooch remark made about a Democratic operative who had been shadowing him. He called the young man, Macaca, attempting to be funny. It wasn’t and Allen still bears the scars from his unfortunate mistake. The Democrats were all over that mistake.
George Allen speaks of it today. According to the Huffington Post:
“I made mistakes and I take responsibility for them,” Allen said in an interview with Bearing Drift, before seemingly attempting to play off the slur as a fabricated word that other people had mistakenly interpreted as offensive, a move that he similarly attempted in 2006.
“I needlessly drew a college student who was following me around all over Virginia into the race, and I should not have. He was just doing his job and I should not have made him part of the issue,” Allen said of S.R. Sidarth, the Democratic tracker of Indian descent he was addressing. “It was not done with malice, and if I had known that that made-up word would be connoted as a racial insult I would not have said it.”
After Allen used the phrase in summer 2006, it quickly became a racially-charged ball and chain that is largely thought to have sunk him in his battle against his opponent, Democrat Jim Webb.
As George Allen, who was the one time darling of Virginia Republicans, attempted to address the perceived macaca problem, our very own Corey Stewart was quick to seize the opportunity to throw Allen under the bus:
Stewart, who is heading to Richmond, Va. on Tuesday to talk to party activists and court donors ahead of his own likely Senate bid, said he, along with other Republicans in the state, is “concerned that [Allen’s] not going to be able to shake off the ‘macaca’ moment.”
Corey might want to think about his own transgressions in the loose lips department. The moonhowlings folder has all sorts of gaffes that I feel certain the Allen campaign would find useful. A few Allen aides could use our search engine to pull out highlights, or should I say low lights of many a slip of the tongue made by Stewart.