Allen's Many Missteps

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

October 8, 2006

The slang heard 'round the world. Pointing to UVa student and Webb volunteer, S.R. Siddarth, the "Macaca" utterance, it seems, was the beginning of of a downward spiral.

"That's not the kind of person that Virginians want representing them
in the Senate, someone who would pick on a kid at a rally just because
he was a different skin color," Chris Dumler, of U. Dems said.

An obscure, yet racial slur referring to a monkey species was arguably the first in the self-destructing events to tarnish Allen's seemingly spotless persona.

Adding fuel to the fire, allegations then emerged about additional racial remarks towards African Americans dating back to Allen's days as a Cavalier football player.

"That one statement, him using that slur against Siddarth pretty much
started the ball rolling and people perked up and started listening and
they said maybe there's some truth to that stuff and then everything
just started coming out," Dumler continued.

Then with the campaign clock down to just hours, the former governor's attempt last week to win over Charlottesville voters turned ugly when blogger Mike Stark was thrown out of the rally.

"I think as much as anything it exposed Allen as far as all the race
allegations and the bullying and then the further bullying when I came
around," Stark said.

Whether this series of events helped Jim Webb or hurt George Allen, even his own camp can't decide.

"In these elections you can't point to any one thing. Look it's the
greatest democracy on the face of the earth and this is the kind of
election people in politics live for, I mean it's as close as you can get and
I can't tell you right now what caused it to be within .3 of one
percent but it could be a combination of things," Allen spokesperson Ed Gillespie said.

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