In one of the least surprising endorsements of the hotly-contested George Allen-Tim Kaine race for the U.S. Senate, the American Conservative Union (ACU) today endorsed Allen. Kaine called the endorsement “meaningless.”
In its endorsement announcement, the ACU cited what it called Allen’s “extensive record of conservative leadership for fiscal responsibility, government transparency and accountability, and pro-life policies.” Â Allen has a lifetime rating of 93 percent with the ACU, which says it is “Americaâ€™s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization.”
â€œIt is an honorÂ to receive the important endorsement of the American Conservative Union, the leading voice of Americaâ€™s conservative principles,â€ Allen said. â€œIâ€™m proud to stand for proven, conservative solutions that hold government accountable, reduce taxes and burdensome regulations on families and job-creating businesses, unleash our American energy resources, and free our economy to grow and create jobs.
“This election will determine whether future generations will have the same opportunities to achieve the American Dream as we had growing up. I believe that our countryâ€™s foundational principles of freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all will reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of our country with pro- job growth competitive economic, productive energy and empowering education policies,” he said.
Kaine’s campaign responded with a statement calling the endorsement “meaningless.”
“GeorgeÂ Allen promised Virginians he’d balance the budget — instead, he took our country from record surplus to record deficit.Â GeorgeÂ Allen promised Virginians his policies would ‘eliminate’ the national debt — instead, they added $3 trillionÂ inÂ debt overÂ six years and trillions more in the years after.Â Now, asÂ GeorgeÂ Allen runs for re-election, he is promising the same fiscally reckless agenda that helped create our economic mess,” Â Kaine for Virginia Communications Director Brandi Hoffine said.
“Of course Washington insider George Allen thinks a stamp of approval from a D.C. political organization will make-up for the damage he’s done, but for Virginians who are struggling in the aftermath of his fiscally reckless Senate term, it’s as meaningless as his repeated promises of fiscal responsibility,” Hoffine added.
Both Kaine, a Democrat, and Allen, a Republican, are former Virginia governors. Allen served for six years in the Senate and is seeking to regain the seat now held by Democrat Jim Webb, who defeated him in 2006.