September 26, 2006
It started as a definite win by George Allen, but this year's Virginia Senate race has taken an interesting turn, putting the candidates neck and neck. Election day is six weeks away, and the race for the seat has become one of the hottest in the country. What was supposed to be an easy win for Allen has become a heated battle that has left him on the defensive, and Webb making up ground.
Weeks ago, political pundits said the Jim Webb Campaign was just window dressing, a mere road block for Senator George Allen's run for the White House in 2008. However, after three missteps in the past five weeks, the race has become just that. Webb spent the day campaigning, raising money and taking the high road about Allen's miscues.
"George Allen has been elected to state office twice. He has held a number of positions, people have known him for a long time and they're just going to have to put that into the formula. It is something that I don't want to deal with," Webb said.
"It's totally not George and the people that have come out in support of him will tell you the same thing," said friend Joe Gieck.
The Senator spent today away from the limelight but many of his friends are coming to his aid. Joe Gieck was a physical trainer at the University of Virginia for 43 years and has known Senator Allen since he transferred from UCLA back in 1972. He said the Senator was a leader even back in school.
"He was always an individual that was very interested in everybody as far as part of the team. He was interested in the managers and the third team running back," Gieck explained.
Gieck says that caring attitude is who Senator Allen really is.
"He's a genuine person in what he's done and the support that has come out to support him just shows his genuineness," Gieck said.
Because of these miscues, Senator Allen's substantial lead has turned into a statistical dead heat. Many believe this campaign has also eliminated him from any contention for the GOP's Presidential nomination in 2008.