February 16, 2012 - 11:17 am

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Even as Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine refuses to budge, Republican rival George Allen is continuing his effort to irrevocably tie Kaine to President Barack Obama.  

The day before the third anniversary of the stimulus package, Allen’s campaign launched a web video highlighting Kaine’s support of the plan as Democratic National Committee chairman.

The video focuses on Kaine’s comment as DNC chairman that “I’m doing what the president wants me to do,” and concludes:  “We know, Tim. But what about us?”

In a release accompanying the ad, Allen’s campaign notes that “Americans have endured 36 straight months of unemployment over 8 percent, Washington is now borrowing $48,000 a second, and we have seen the first ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.”

Kaine’s camp responded by criticizing Allen’s record in the U.S. Senate.

"It’s no surprise that George Allen is trying to make Virginians forget his $3 trillion term in the U.S. Senate where he put special interests like big oil and financial firms ahead of Virginia’s families and businesses,” said Kaine spokeswoman Lily Adams.