May 04, 2011 - 1:58 pm


George Allen has a new shadow, and his name is Alan. Alan Piracha.

Piracha, 23, is working as a tracker for the Democratic Party of Virginia, following Allen, a Republican U.S. senate candidate, around the state, videotaping his appearances.

Piracha also appears to be of foreign descent, with his surname a common one in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

This is only noteworthy given the infamous “macaca” moment of 2006, when Allen, on his way to losing his U.S. Senate seat to Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., singled out an Indian-American tracker working for Webb and twice called him “macaca,” regarded by many as a racial slur.

Democratic Party of Virginia spokesman Brian Coy said Piracha’s extraction was absolutely not a consideration when he was chosen as Allen’s tracker.

“That couldn’t have been further from the thought process,” Coy said.

Coy added that Piracha has worked for the DPV for a year and was a natural choice, as he attended film school. He also noted that the DPV’s tracking efforts weren’t all Allen-focused.

“It’s not necessarily specific to George Allen,” he said. “Obviously, George Allen has a particularly fascinating history of making public gaffes, both tracked and untracked. But that doesn’t mean we won’t track other candidates at other events.”