Tea Partier Jamie Radtke: Virginia’s George Allen part of ‘Washington establishment’

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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Tea Partier and U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke ripped into former U.S. Sen. and Virginia Gov. George Allen, calling him a part of the Washington establishment. The dig comes on the heels of Allen announcing on Monday that he’s running for Senate in 2012.

Radtke criticized Allen for his votes on increased spending measures, including $90 billion in earmarks and a $3.1 trillion increase to the national debt. Radtke said he ran on campaign promises including a “commitment to a balanced budget, reducing spending and reducing the debt,” and that he is now making the same campaign promises again, but that she thinks he “was part of the Washington establishment, and still is.”

Radtke went after Allen’s support of Arlen Specter, the former Pennsylvania Republican senator who turned Democrat in an attempt to win reelection.

“If we want to change Washington we need to change the people in Washington, and elect a new generation of strong leadership to the Senate who will make principled decisions,” Radtke said in a statement. “I look forward to proving I am that person for Virginia.”