Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You

Posted: September 25, 2006 in 2006 Elections, October Surprise

Salon.com is reporting that three of Senator George Allen’s (R-Virginia) college football teammates remember him making racist comments. One is quoted on the record, the other two were on background.

The whole piece is well written and well-sourced in terms of Allen’s former teammates, who have positive, negative, or indifferent memories of when they knew him as a football player at UVA. Allen’s senate office and re-election campaign did not return calls for comment.

The most damning and shocking allegation in the piece:

Shelton [Allen’s former teammate who went on the record with his allegations] said he also remembers a disturbing deer hunting trip with Allen on land that was owned by the family of Billy Lanahan, a wide receiver on the team. After they had killed a deer, Shelton said he remembers Allen asking Lanahan where the local black residents lived. Shelton said Allen then drove the three of them to that neighborhood with the severed head of the deer. “He proceeded to take the doe’s head and stuff it into a mailbox,” Shelton said.

If there is any truth to any of these allegations, Allen’s political ambitions for the White House are toast. He may not even survive his re-election bid for the Senate. First there was the controversy over his “macaca” comments to a Webb volunteer, then there was the “controversy” over how he reacted to a reporter’s poorly phrased question about his Jewish heritage, and now this. He probably could have survived any of those individually without serious damage to his political career, but take all three together and I think he may want to update his resume once November comes around.

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