Former Virginia Sen. George Allen is endorsing Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s Senate campaign and will be headlining a $150- to $1,000-a-head fundraiser for Tiahrt.
Allen was elected to the Senate in 2000 and appeared headed for re-election in 2006, but became embroiled in controversy and lost his seat after a campaign-trail gaffe in which he called an opponent’s staffer — who was videotaping the event — “Macaca.”
The remark was interpreted by many as a racial slur against the staffer, who is of Indian descent. Allen insisted it was just a made-up word.
Despite the “Macaca” incident and the loss of his seat to Jim Webb, D-Virginia, Allen remains a popular figure among conservative Republicans who feel he was wronged by news coverage of his comment.
GOP conservatives are expected to be a major force in the upcoming Senate primary between Tiahrt, R-Goddard; Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and former Kansas Attorney General Bob Londerholm.