BY WESLEY P. HESTER
U.S. Senate candidate George Allen received a big batch of endorsements from Republican state legislators today.
Thirteen Republicans from the greater Richmond put their names behind Allen, a former governor and U.S. Senator who lost his seat to Jim Webb in 2006.
Allen, who faces several challengers for the GOP nomination, would likely face former governor Timothy M. Kaine in the general election if he gets the nod.
Those endorsing Allen include Sens. Stephen H. Martin, R-Hanover, Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, Walter A. Stosch, R-Henrico, John Watkins, R-Powhatan, and Dels. John A. Cox, R-Hanover, M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, Riley E. Ingram, R-Hopewell, G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, John M. O’Bannon III, R-Henrico, Roxann L. Robinson, R-Chesterfield, Edward T. Scott, R-Madison.
Allen was also endorsed recently by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, and Reps. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-6th, and Morgan Griffith, R-9th.
To see comments from those endorsing Allen, click here.
A day after the endorsements, the Democratic Party of Virginia issued a critical release.
“Thirteen Republicans want Virginians to believe that George Allen would be a good U.S. Senator, yet not a single one can point to anything specific that he accomplished after 6 years in the U.S. Senate,” said DPVA Communications Director Brian Coy.