George Allen Says The Latest Charge About Him Is Not True (UPDATE 2)

Senator George Allen’s camp says the Salon article (posted and chain-linked below) quoting some former associates as saying he has used the “n word” in the past is categorically false.” They place the blame on the Webb camp. Details here. They also just posted this.

But then a reader sent me this and this.

NOTE:
We will NOT be doing a blow by blow on this issue on this site, even though some readers say we could increase readership if we do. Each time we run something, another side sends something. We will report on major shifts in the campaign. We normally would not cover this campaign at all but it first burst into national news with the controversy surrounding the Webb camp running a cartoon that some considered anti-semitic. Then George Allen more than compensated for that by getting himself in trouble.

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9 Comments

  1. OK, so it’s Webb’s fault. I guess Clinton wasn’t available. Are these guys so disconnected from reality that they think that constitutes a response? Still?

  2. Well on Hardball, Matthews had Larry Sabato, a Virginian political scientist who has known Allen since college, and followed his entire career, and he verified it. Supposedly Sabato has a fairly respectable reputation for telling the truth. Sabato also vouched for Skelton, whom he claims he knows well.

  3. Sabato has a very good rep as far as I know, especially with regards to Va. politics. Did he confirm Allen’s story, or the accuser’s?

    What’s up with the Allen blog, by the way? That thing is almost shameful in this day and age – really embarrassing.

  4. Whoa! I just saw the Sabato video - Game, set, match.

    Sounds like an update is in order, Joe!

  5. The next logical question is -how did he manage to run successful campaigns for governor and the US Senate without having any of this stuff come out? Now I know why the Dems are losing. Karl Rove would make mincemeat out of an opponent with this in his past!

  6. I know nothing about the guy but if you listen to the full interview all that’s really said is the Allen had used the “N” word not when or how much or that Sabato had ever really heard him even say it.

  7. Well this is what R. Shelton had to say in today’s Wsahington Post:

    Shelton said Allen frequently used the “N-word” to describe blacks and nicknamed him “Wizard” because of the similarity of his name to Robert Shelton, a former imperial wizard of the Alabama Knights of the KKK. He also recounted an event from 1973 or 1974 in which he, Allen and a third friend were hunting deer. After the deer was killed Shelton said, Allen cut off the doe’s head, asked for directions to the home of the nearest black person and shoved the head into that person’s mailbox.

    Allen denied the incident ever occurred (in the same article) and said he doesn’t recall ever having used the “N-word”.

    Shelton said his memory was jarred by the maccaca incident, and said he has felt guilty ever since about the deer head.

  8. I got to be honest that “Wizzard” quote works against my belief since many people have come out with a totaly seperate reason and source for the nickname leaving me to wonder. If one part of the story seems to be off…………..

  9. I believe it. It fits in with all of the other information that I know about Allen’s past. Plus, why would Shelton lie? Its not like he’s a big supporter of Webb!

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