April 12, 2011 - 12:30 pm

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling this weekend endorsed George Allen for the U.S. Senate calling it “a great chance here in Virginia to send a common sense conservative voice back [to Congress].”

Bolling’s remarks came at a Virginia Federation of Republican Women’s dinner attended by Allen and his wife, Susan.

Allen faces tea party candidate Jamie Radtke and a host of other conservatives for the Republican nomination.

Bolling said Allen was instrumental in helping him get elected to the state senate in 1995.

“I told him when he got into this race for the U.S. senate I’d be for him or against him, whichever helped him the most,” Bolling joked. “He said for him so I am proud to stand here tonight and tell that I’m a big supporter of George Allen.”

Added Bolling: “I just think the choice couldn’t be more clear now that Tim Kaine has announced that he’s going to run for the U.S. senate. And by the way, I think that’s great, I really do.”