Tuesday, January 8, 2008

George Allen Will Not Seek Governor's Run in 2009

January 8, 2008
By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Gov. George Allen will not be a candidate for the same office next year, he announced Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press.

Allen, who was governor from 1994 to 1998 and U.S. senator from 2001 until last year, made his plans public to end speculation about the 2009 governor's race for which two candidates have already announced their intentions.

In his four-paragraph statement, Allen wrote that he and his wife, Susan, had struggled with and prayed about whether to run again next year, so soon after his bruising loss in his 2006 Senate re-election bid.

"We will always fondly recall our time in the Governor's Mansion as an unparalleled honor and a period of historic initiatives and transformational accomplishments for Virginians. Yet, as we look forward, we are excited about other significant ways we can serve and contribute outside of elected office. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2009," he wrote.

Two Democrats, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County and Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria, have already announced their plans to run for governor next year.

The GOP field, however, was biding its time, largely in anticipation of whether Allen — still one of his party's most popular figures — would run.

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