Virginia Republican George Allen will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Monday, five years after losing his seat to Democrat Jim Webb.
Allen has tapped a number of former advisors to assist him with his latest bid, reports The Washington Post. John McLaughlin will be the campaign’s chief pollster, and former aide Dan Allen will serve in an advisory position. Once seen as a rising star in the Republican party, Allen’s 2006 re-election campaign collapsed after he referred to a Indian-American tracker as “macaca” during a rally.
Several Republicans have already announced their campaigns for the Virginia senate seat. James Radtke, head of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Foundation, is already fighting for the GOP nomination, along with Prince William Board of County Supervisors chief Corey Stewart and state House of Delegates member Robert Marshall.
The Daily Caller previously reported that early polls show that a Webb/Allen re-match would be close, although Senator Webb has not yet confirmed whether or not he will run again.