If there’s one thing Virginia voters have consistently rejected, it’s outright attacks (whether valid or invalid) on candidates before they ‘know’ the candidate attacking. Playing the political offensive game in Virginia has backfired on numerous occasions. Put simply:
Virginia voters want a reason to vote for YOU and not why you shouldn’t vote for the other guy.
Yet her most recent post on her campaign website shows that she has yet to adhere to this tip:
In addition to signing the “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge, I have stated strongly and often that I oppose any increase in the debt ceiling. Our problem is that we are spending too much money, not that we can’t borrow enough money.
Now, where does George Allen stand on his friend Mitch McConnell’s “Cut, Run and Hide Plan”?
We don’t know – George Allen won’t say.
This isn’t surprising. As Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright said today, “It’s always fair to look at the past as an indication of how one would govern in the future.” So let’s look at George Allen’s past:
- When I opposed the establishment’s first ‘Budget Deal’ last March, George Allen refused to take a stand.
- When I supported Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, George Allen refused to take a stand.
- Meanwhile, when George Allen was in the Senate, he voted to raise the debt ceiling four times.
- George Allen has long been a Mitch McConnell supporter and they were both in the Senate Republican Leadership in 2004.
- And last month, on June 20, Senator McConnell hosted a fundraiser to elect George Allen.
So now I ask George Allen: Where do you stand? Will you take a stand against the McConnell-Reid-Pelosi “Cut, Run and Hide Plan”? Or will you Cut, Run and Hide?
As it stands, Jamie Radtke is being defined, by herself nonetheless, as merely antithetical to George Allen (and Virginia’s surrogate for Sarah Palin).
So this is me seconding D. J.’s advice: It’s very easy for voters to oppose a candidate; your job as a candidate is to explain why they should support you.